A Surgeon's Incredible Life Journey: A Memoir

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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His journey began in Iran, where he was born and learned the ways of an ancient civilization. As you travel with him, you will learn about his childhood, his parents, his teenage years and his years as a medical student in Iran. Arriving in a new country where people's beliefs and customs were so unlike his own, he discovered that if you are sincere in your beliefs, no matter how different they may be, most people will respect you and your right to your beliefs. Soon, he had two countries and fond memories of his youth in his native land and a deep gratitude for a country that has given him the opportunity to develop wonderful friendships. He has also learned that people are more alike than they are different and that everyone has a belief of some kind and that they want to be cared about and respected. Having the perspective of a native Iranian and a patriotic American, he provides a view of his heritage, as well as the continuing story of his life here in the United States. He was a surgeon who placed a higher value on being a humane, caring person rather than power or money. He has viewed his patients and co-workers as family and treated them with enduring love and respect. Without exception, they have reciprocated. As a physician, he knows laughter and hope is effective medicine, and he has supplied large doses of these in his stories. It is his desire that they give you enjoyment, as well as a more in-depth perception of a different culture and of the man who came from that culture. This is his small contribution to helping us all learn how to live in peace and harmony with one another.
 

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Contents

Early Life in Iran
1
Primary School
4
High School
5
Examination Time
13
The Red Box
15
Medical School
20
Graduation from Medical School
24
Medical Practice in Teheran
25
Addiction
95
My First Time in Court
101
A Judgment of Love Not Money
104
Ominous Changes in Health Care
106
Devastation of Divorce
107
Christmas Traditions
109
One of the Worst Nights of My Life
111
Trusting Your Doctor
114

Military Discipline
27
Surgical Training in Germany and France
29
Voyage to America
31
Surgical Training in Columbus Ohio
33
Internship at Baltimore City Hospital
36
A Possible First Breast Aspiration
39
Surgical Residency in Charleston West Virginia
42
My Wife Carolyn
49
Return to Iran
51
Miracle in the Desert
52
Practice in Iran
55
Talking to God
60
A Gift from the Heart
61
Birth of Shirin in Iran
64
Journey Back to West Virginia
68
Surgical Practice in Ripley West Virginia
71
Memories from the Operating Room
76
My Dream Car I Never Missed
79
Snakes Alive
80
Volunteer Hospital Administrator
83
More Experiences in Ripley
85
Science and Faith
88
Miracle in Pajamas
91
Memories of No Ruz Celebration
93
Homicide on a Farm
116
Coward
119
For the Sake of the Children
121
A Man Without a Heart
123
A Special Teacher
126
Lesson Learned About Women and Weight
127
An Honest Man
129
My Fathers Last Visit
130
My Mothers Journey to Ripley
132
Goodwill Trip to Hamadan
133
Memories of Hamadan
137
Visit to a Blind Mans Family
138
Retirement
139
Another Visit to the Middle East
143
Visit to Afghan Refugees
148
A Cruel Man
150
Small Town Versus Big City
153
A Bazaar Story
154
My Religion
156
Reflections on Life
162
Jackson County Gave Me More Than I Deserve
163
My Life
168
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