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Book details
  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:History
  • Language:English
  • Pages:224
  • eBook ISBN:9781612540306

Dr. Mayo’s Boy

A Century of American Medicine

by Rob Tenery, MD

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My father took a scalpel in his gloved hand. The metal blade glistened under the intense light. In one quick thrust, he buried the blade into the patient’s abdomen and opened up a wide gash that ran down past the belly button. At exactly that moment, a wave of nausea welled up in my throat. My fingers groped for a better hold on my stool. The blood and the smells and the dizziness were too much for a kid who hadn’t asked for any of this. I held my ground for less than a minute and then toppled from the stool. I hit the tile floor head first. In the far distance, I heard Oma Jones say, “Future doctors never faint.”
Denton A. Cooley, MD “This book provides insight into a family tradition in medical service during the last century with three generations of physicians. It reveals the effect of the family doctor on the welfare of the family through personal contact. The many narratives the author describes show that the life of the physician differs from other professions and that the dedication to patients has priority over the demands or needs of his own family. But the ultimate rewards of his experiences go beyond economic measures and provide satisfaction not received in any other profession.” Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, Founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center, Dallas, Texas “Rob Tenery has once again shown us as physicians that our patients are ‘equally as concerned about how much we care as they are about how much we know,’ and how this has not dramatically changed over the past one hundred years.” Bill Frist, MD, Former Majority Leader, US Senate “Tumultuous times with mounting pressures and demands within health care delivery drive us to our roots, and no one better reminds us of our roots to heal, through the time-honored and precious relationship between doctor and patient, than Dr. Tenery. As the doctor-son of a physician who practiced family medicine for fifty-five years and the brother to two doctors, I believe Dr. Tenery’s inspiring journey captures the essence of what healing must in some shape or form always preserve.” Dean Ornish, MD, Founder and President of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco “Dr. Mayo’s Boy is an extraordinary book. By telling a spellbinding story of three generations of physicians, Rob Tenery traces the evolution of health care in this country and shows how much medicine has gained—and lost—in the past hundred years. In a highly entertaining and eloquent way, Dr. Tenery makes a plea for medicine to return to its roots as a healing profession rather than as a business. Highly recommended!”
About the author
Rob Tenery, MD is the third in three generations of physicians whose careers span the last one hundred years. Rob, an ophthalmologist, first began his writing career when he authored commentaries dealing with current events that were impacting the health care profession. His expertise acquired from representing medical organizations on a local, state, and national level led him to becoming a monthly contributor to the nationally distributed periodical, American Medical News, from 1990–1998. It was toward the end of his tenure that he decided to put down on paper a more comprehensive look at the evolution of his chosen profession. In practice for the last thirty-four years, Rob points out the relevance of the lessons he learned while trailing his grandfather and father during his youth. His compelling stories remind the reader that even a century after his grandfather first set out on horseback to care for the sick and injured with only a small bag of potions and a caring heart, there is still one constant–the patient in need. Married to his high school sweetheart since 1964, Rob and Janet have two children and four grandchildren. When he is not caring for his patients or lecturing at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, their family enjoys relaxing in Santa Fe.

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