Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life As an Animal Surgeon

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Broadway Books, 2009 - Pets - 289 pages
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Itís 2:47 a.m. when Dr. Nick Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Sage, a ten-year old German shepherd, will die without emergency surgery for a serious stomach condition. Over the next twenty-four hours Dr. Trout fights for Sageís life, battles disease in the operating room, unravels tricky diagnoses, reassures frantic pet parents, and reflects on the humor, heartache, and inspiration in his life as an animal surgeon. And he wants to take you along for the ride.Ö

From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone whoís ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarianís office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

Youíll learn about the amazing progress of modern animal medicine, where organ transplants, joint replacements, and state-of-the-art cancer treatments have become more and more common. With these technological advances come controversies and complexities that Dr. Trout thoughtfully explores, such as how long (and at what cost) treatments should be given, how the Internet has changed pet care, and the rise in cosmetic surgery.

Youíll also be inspired by the heartwarming stories of struggle and survival filling these pages. With a wry and winning tone, Dr. Trout offers up hilarious and delightful anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners. In total, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a fascinating portrait of the comedy and drama, complexities and rewards involved with loving and healing animals.

Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriotís day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If youíve ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Troutís irresistible book is for you.
  

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Insightful, Humorous

User Review  - Jamelf22 - Borders

I loved the day I found this book. At the time, I just finished 'One Nation Under Dog' by Michael Schaffer (another excellent book on the current American obsession with pets and pet care) and was on ... Read full review

Wonderful!

User Review  - Iggy - Borders

This book was so heartwarming and wonderful. I cannot say enough how I love reading it and wished it was twice as long. Nick Trout has wonderful insight into the relationships we have with our pets. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
21
Section 3
42
Section 4
53
Section 5
68
Section 6
88
Section 7
103
Section 8
127
Section 11
191
Section 12
207
Section 13
223
Section 14
234
Section 15
254
Section 16
268
Section 17
285
Section 18
287

Section 9
160
Section 10
175

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About the author (2009)

Nick Trout is a staff surgeon at the Angell Animal Medical Center and lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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