February 10, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Hurt by Catherine Musemeche, M.D.

HURT The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care by Catherine Musemeche, M.D.

Genre: Medicine / Medical History
Date of Publication: September 6, 2016
Publisher: ForeEdge
# of pages: 268

The heroic story of the invention of trauma care, from
battlefield triage to level 1 trauma centers
Trauma is a disease of epidemic proportions that preys on the young, killing more Americans up to age thirty-seven than all other afflictions combined. Every year an estimated 2.8 million people are hospitalized for injuries and more than 180,000 people die.
We take for granted that no matter how or where we are injured, someone will call 911 and trained first responders will show up to insert IVs, stop the bleeding, and swiftly deliver us to a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses with the expertise necessary to save our lives. None of this happened on its own.
Told through the eyes of a surgeon who has flown on rescue helicopters, resuscitated patients in trauma centers in Houston and Chicago, and operated on hundreds of trauma victims of all ages, Hurt takes us on a tour of the advancements in injury treatment from the battlefields of the Civil War to the state-of-the-art trauma centers of today.


"Musemeche’s fast-paced medical history mixes the gritty reality of treating life-threatening injuries—including her own heart-pounding experiences as surgeon—with an unfettered optimism about what trauma care can now promise: an assurance that most people will survive even a devastating injury.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Hurt is a fascinating journey through the history of trauma care in this country. Musemeche's unique ability to weave moving, personal stories with intriguing facts takes this book well beyond a great read. It is an education in the human spirit.” —Paul Ruggieri, MD, author of Confessions of a Surgeon and The Cost of Cutting


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Hurt is a book that explains more of what being a trauma surgeon is really like. Even though this is a book that explains in detail about certain accidents or traumas, it's not filled with blood and gore which is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about the topic without being totally grossed out. My only problem with this book is the fact it would start a personal story, then interrupt it mid-way to explain in detail about what the certain trauma entailed, and then resume the personal story three or four pages later. I would have preferred the full personal stories be told without interruption but thankfully, the information provided definitely made you see more about what was really going on regarding the challenges of treatment of the injuries within the personal story. 

This book is perfect for anyone who has a family member or friend in the medical field or just for anyone who wants more information about what life is really like (and historically has been like) when treating trauma patients.

Thank You to Catherine Musemeche for sharing your stories so everyone can truly understand your world as a trauma surgeon!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!

            Dr. Catherine Musemeche is a pediatric surgeon, attorney and author who lives in Austin, Texas. She was born and raised in Orange, Texas and attended Lutcher Stark High School. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, The Anderson School of Management in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Dr. Musemeche is a former surgery professor at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute and the University of New Mexico where she was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma. She currently works in the field of regulatory medicine.
             In addition to publishing extensively in the medical literature, Dr. Musemeche has been a guest contributor to the New York Times. Her writing has also been published on NPR.org, KevinMD.com, in the anthology At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die and in the Journal of Creative Nonfiction.  Her first book, Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery was nominated for the Pen American/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award and was awarded the Writer’s League of Texas Discovery Prize for nonfiction. Her second book, Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care will be published in September of this year.

Check out the other great blogs on the tour! 

Guest Post #1
Excerpt #1
Author Interview #1
Guest Post #2
Excerpt #2
Author Interview #2
Guest Post #3

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