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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Amazing Days, Endless Nights: The Mystique of Surgery 3 is the third book in a series by David Gelber, a book that lifts the veil and allows readers glimpses of the operating room. It is a wonderful homage to surgeons and to doctors who spend sleepless nights and long hours in the operating room "all in the effort to mend broken and diseased bodies and souls." The author shares his experiences, at times humbling and sometimes harrowing, through medical school, moving to residency, and to his private practice. The surgeon takes readers through intimate moments from medical school, through learning and into practice. The reader meets a professional in his field and the mystery of mending broken bodies. The reader meets a skilled surgeon and follows him through his rapport with patients, discovering his deft hands that could tie a knot pretty fast.
It takes a lot of courage to write a book like this one, and David Gelber has more than the courage to write the book. He writes well, and has the kind of care for words that is similar to a surgeon's expert handling of a scalpel. Each sentence is well crafted, every scene beautifully written, and dialogues skillfully reproduced. Gelber shares insights on how he works, insights that can also be applied to other fields. For instance, when talking about how he approaches surgery, he writes: 'I try to have a plan for every operation I perform, simple or complex, and then find the safest way to reach the end, attempting to anticipate each potential pitfall and sidestep them as much as possible. I usually say, “I’m not a slow surgeon, I’m not a fast surgeon; I’m a half-fast surgeon.”'
This book allows readers to see and feel what a surgeon sees and feels in the operating room. While this book provides experiences that will entertain readers and inform them, it also has a powerful psychological underpinning, allowing readers to experience the tension and the strain of working on patients whose lives hang in the balance and depend entirely on the surgeon. Amazing Days, Endless Nights kept me up through the night and although it is written by an expert in the profession, the language is very accessible and the prose delightful. There is a lot to learn from this book in addition to the revelations it offers about surgery, including dedication, the sacredness of life, the complexities of the human body, the relationship between doctor and patient, and a lot more.