Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs

The Making of a Surgeon

By Michael J. Collins
(Griffin, Paperback, 9780312610913, 291pp.)

Publication Date: May 25, 2010

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It looked for a while as if Michael Collins would spend his life breaking concrete and throwing rocks for the Vittorio Scalese Construction Company. He liked the work and he liked the pay. But a chance remark by one of his coworkers made him realize that he wanted to involve himself in something bigger, something more meaningful than crushing rocks and drinking beer.

In his acclaimed first memoir, Hot Lights, Cold Steel, Collins wrote passionately about his four-year surgical residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs turns back the clock, taking readers from his days as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, expertly infusing his journey to become a doctor with humanity, compassion, and humor. From the first time he delivers a baby to being surrounded by death and pain on a daily basis, Collins compellingly writes about how medicine makes him confront, in a very deep and personal way, the nature of God and suffering—and how delicate life can be.




About the Author
Michael J. Collins, M.D., served as the Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and is now a successful orthopedic surgeon. He is the author of the acclaimed medical memoirs "Hot Lights, Cold Steel "and "Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs". He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois.
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