Let's Play Doctor: The Instant Guide To Walking, Talking, And Probing Like A Real M.d. by Mark LeynerLet's Play Doctor: The Instant Guide To Walking, Talking, And Probing Like A Real M.d. by Mark Leyner

Let's Play Doctor: The Instant Guide To Walking, Talking, And Probing Like A Real M.d.

byMark Leyner, Billy Goldberg

Paperback | December 2, 2008

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Your purchase of this book means that the admissions committee has thoroughly reviewed your application and we are pleased to welcome you to the Why Do Men Have Nipples School of Medicine.*
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Let’s Play Doctor is your instant guide to becoming a Real Fake Doctor. At the Why Do Men Have Nipples School of Medicine, we offer an informative, immersive, and incredibly entertaining course of study that will give you the special skills needed to get your M.D. on! By following the lessons in Let’s Play Doctor, you’ll learn:

• Special mental exercises to give yourself that buff, bulging Doctor brain
• How to impress your peers with big, polysyllabic, esoteric medical lingo (can you say pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis?)
• Easy ways to diagnose your girlfriend’s goiter or your father’s fistula
• Do-it-yourself surgeries from hemorrhoidectomy to breast enlargement
• And, most important, how to craft a completely believable, official-sounding get-out-of-work-for-medical-reasons note

Tuition? Just $14.95. Enroll today! It’s time to play doctor!
MARK LEYNER is the author of My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist; Et Tu, Babe; and The Tetherballs of Bougainville. He has written a variety of movies and television shows. BILLY GOLDBERG, M.D., is an emergency medicine physician at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. He is also the host of a weekly show on ...
Title:Let's Play Doctor: The Instant Guide To Walking, Talking, And Probing Like A Real M.d.Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.6 × 4.98 × 0.48 inPublished:December 2, 2008Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030734598X

ISBN - 13:9780307345981

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great “How do I know if I’m smart enough to be a doctor? Well…uh… you bought this book, right? No offense, but that kinda answers the question.” I have never been roasted so hard by a book. That aside, I really enjoyed this! I will say, I think you can only fully appreciate this book if you are in the healthcare field, studying it, or aspiring to study it. The book continuously refers to the ‘reader’ as any average person not in the health profession, probably one who is reading this book on the toilet or in the car in between errands. While I have no doubt that that profile may fit many of those who read this book and will in the future, I must admit that if I was not in the health profession I don’t think I would ever be able to give a book like this above 2 stars. It falls into that strange genre between fiction and nonfiction that’s not really self-help, and I normally never pick up books like these as I generally view them as a waste of my time - The Book of Awesome, for example, comes to mind. However, due to my experiences and aspirations within the healthcare field I found this to be a well-executed book. This is a relatively short book, but even the shortest of books can be tedious. I liked how each chapter has its own ‘theme’ that varied greatly from the previous and next, so the book never seemed repetitive. I thought it was organized well, as it’s not easy to make a book like this that provides a limited variety and amount of content read well. I particularly enjoyed the reflections on having been a med school student that were interspersed throughout the story regardless of the chapter, which - once again- are better appreciated if you’ve been through some sort of health-related schooling yourself. I found myself relating to and laughing along with most of the experiences mentioned in this story as a result of my own. From the smell of formaldehyde, to being so nervous at checking your first patient that you forget how to put on a stethoscope properly, to the first catheterization experience… it’s all here and it’s all so nostalgic to reminisce about. I did not expect to read this book in order to become more prepared for med school and I did not complete it feeling that way - if those are your expectations, pick up an MCAT book instead. However, I was genuinely surprised at how well certain aspects of being an MD were occasionally described in this book! For example, using patient narratives to improve healthcare practice is a relatively recent trend that has enormously positive implications for the practice, and individualized care is something medical students and nursing students alike are taught to no end, and for good reason - it is extremely important. The following passage surprisingly summarized the importance of both: “Patients trust their doctors and enjoy sharing their stories with them. In the medical field, we are privileged to have unique access into people’s lives, but there are limits and you must try to anticipate and respect each individual patient’s threshold for privacy.” I really did not expect to see actual quality healthcare-related writing in this book, but there it was! The occurrences are by far outnumbered by silly jokes and random health-related trivia, which is no surprise, but it was still nice and unexpected to have passages like this at all. There was some good advice to be taken from this, amidst the laughs. Make no mistake, these authors do not take themselves seriously except for once in a while throughout the book when they’re not making a joke, but I’m not one to complain about a good time. I was also a big fan of the health trivia that was presented. There are some basics that can usefully be applied to many different contexts, such as the difference between dorsal and ventral. There were a lot of interesting facts I had never previously known as well, and I’ve taken my share of health and biology courses. In addition to teaching the readers some of the basic foundations and bizarre fun facts, there is also a lot of more specific yet applicable knowledge, like a fun mnemonic for the cranial nerves (‘An Old Olympus Towering Tops, A Fat-Ass German Viewed Some Hops’) and a very brief introduction to Henry Gray, the MD behind Gray’s Anatomy and the importance of his book. I will be keeping this book on my shelf to return to when I read a lighthearted read. Take it for what it’s worth, and you may be surprised.
Date published: 2018-01-11