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Didn't Get Frazzled by [Hirsch, David Z]
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Length: 387 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Didn’t Get Frazzled -- INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist

A provocative and humorous novel about four years in the life of an intrepid young medical student, set in the grueling world of an elite NYC medical school.

“…the best fictional portrayal of med school since ER.” – BlueInk Review, starred review

Medical student Seth Levine faces escalating stress and gallows humor as he struggles with the collapse of his romantic relationships and all preconceived notions of what it means to be a doctor. It doesn’t take long before he realizes not getting frazzled is the least of his problems.

Seth encounters a student so arrogant he boasts that he’ll eat any cadaver part he can’t name, an instructor so dedicated she tests the student’s ability to perform a gynecological exam on herself, and a woman so captivating that Seth will do whatever it takes to make her laugh, including regale her with a story about a diagnostic squabble over an erection.

Didn’t Get Frazzled captures with distressing accuracy the gauntlet idealistic college grads must face to secure an MD and, against the odds, come out of it a better human being.

>>> Cringe, laugh, fall in love, cringe some more…

If only medical school was actually this entertaining.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2392 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537097970
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Funny, yet serious; well written; authentic. Loved it! 9 February 2017
By Barbara Goodheart - Published on
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“Didn’t Get Frazzled” is a delightful book; it’s funny, yet it’s serious; it’s well written; and it’s authentic. I loved this book.

In portraying the first two of the four years of med school, the author concentrates on the amorous adventures of our hero, Seth. (When it comes to good fiction, there’s only so much you can do with the first two years; they’re filled with such things as anatomy lectures and cadavers that reek of formaldehyde.) It’s when he gets into the last two years that the author’s talent really shines. He writes beautifully, and he’s perceptive—realistically portraying students and physicians, their talents and their flaws.

Although still a student, our hero Seth stands above them all. More knowledgeable than the attending physicians, he unearths obscure clinical clues; more empathetic and perceptive than the entire medical staff combined, he draws information from patients and makes spectacular diagnoses. But this is, in a sense, realistic, for many medical students need inflated ideas of self if they are to endure and survive. And it's the kind of confidence you want to see in your own doctor, isn't it?

In short, this book will give you an entertaining and true-life picture of medical school.

I know, because many years ago I lived through almost four years of it, second-hand, as the wife of a med student.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and enjoyable read 14 June 2017
By Kathleen Pooler - Published on
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As a retired Nursing Practitioner with forty-four years in the health care field, I am drawn to stories of medical professionals in the making. Didn’t Get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch stands out as an entertaining, enlightening and realistic portrayal of the grueling path one must take to earn their standing as a competent professional.

The main character, Seth and his band of cohorts are medical students enduring the trials and tribulations of medical school while also trying to manage the intricacies of their love lives. Hirsh has a distinctive voice, raw, real and at times hilarious. There were times I laughed out loud. But there were also times, when I felt the gravity of the situation as life and death hung in the balance. His characters were believable and multidimensional. They came alive on the page and added a deeper dimension to the stressors endured in the path to becoming a doctor.

The story flows at a steady pace through various clinical scenarios, some funny, some sad to the roller coaster ride of twenty-something relationship issues. Back in the day, I dated a medical student so I could relate to the complexities.

Through out it all, Seth reigns as the hero, often showing better clinical judgment than the person mentoring him, whether it be an attending or an intern. In that regard, the story lives up to it title, Didn’t Get Frazzled. I’d like to think that any doctor I entrust my care to would have done the same.

This story is a vivid glimpse into the life of a medical student. I highly recommend this engaging and enjoyable read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Totally Entertaining" 24 May 2017
By Nancy L. Silk - Published on
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Great story, I loved it! Seth Levine is spending three years at the elite New York City medical school. He faces the many challenges of his future life. He endures much stress along with much humor, as well as the continuous break ups with a woman. How will he ever earn the title of "Doctor?" It's a long road ahead with many bumps along the way, but humor is what kept him going, going with the flow. Readers will love this story, written by a doctor who refuses to divulge his true identity ... that's okay, as long as he's compassionate, caring, and a good doctor. Obviously, he's a great writer, but how does he find the time? His story is truly hilarious and entertaining. A fast read and positively well written. Will there be another continuing story for Seth Levine? Highly recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be warned, if you buy this book and read it in a public place, you may well embarrass yourself by laughing aloud. 17 June 2017
By Pete Barber (Author) - Published on
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Although the author’s name is fictional, this story was written by an M.D., which leads to some medical terms that left me somewhat cross-eyed. However, the authenticity of the main character's experience as he stumbles through medical school, made the Latin inconsequential.

Be warned, if you buy this book and read it in a public place, you may well embarrass yourself by laughing aloud. Well, the laughter might not cause you a red face, but if you have to explain what is so funny--good luck with that!

Along with lighthearted humor where the reader is laughing along with the main character and not at others, the author includes a smattering of well-considered social commentary on what exactly makes a good doctor. He educated me on the tremendous stresses endured not just by medical students, but also by those already qualified doctors who are expected to teach as well as perform their onerous duties on a hospital ward. For Seth, the stress extends beyond the hospital wards and stretches his personal relationships to breaking point.

In summary, this is a terrific read. For a doctor, the author’s writing is beautifully clear and accessible--see what I did there? At 99 cents on Kindle, this is a bargain you shouldn’t miss.

Disclaimer: This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. I may have received a free review copy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mix of Hilarity, Academic Challenges, Persoanal Relationships and Success. 19 June 2017
By Kit Crumpton - Published on
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The phases of medical school. Using mnemonics in creative/funny ways to remember words and series. This took me down memory lane when I had to memorize the molecular chain in photosynthesis for my Biology class as an undergrad.
Young love in flux and all the residual consequences. (Memory lane again). The author has a wonderful way of mixing poignancy and humor with the craziness of youth wanting to make new relationship rules and then wondering why they don’t work out in the long run. “We’re just friends!” …UH-HUH…
The main character’s love for April and the pain of his loss when the relationship did not work out was well written. It tugs at the heart strings. Golly, I’m glad I’m not in that roller-coaster phase of my life. BUT there are more important things to be learned in medical school – demanding, rigorous, hard work and no sleep. I wondered when Seth had time to do laundry or buy toilet paper.
Golly, this is fun read – frankly because it’s his (Seth’s life) – not mine. I understand the good sex (again well written), laughter amongst friends, observing symptoms, diagnosis and spontaneous interrogation by physicians who are mentoring Seth and his colleagues along the way.
He mentions the book, “The New Our Bodies Ourselves”. I have that book! It was significant to me too – oh so many years ago.
Is it really possible that an instructor would also be the model in a gynecologic exam? I loved the metaphor …” flicking [the drape] … like a preening matador”. The description is priceless.
Obstetrics and Pediatrics: Teenage mothers – a physician’s view of children having children. Stepping through reflex tests of babies. Charming. I actually learned something. And a tired, frustrated mother who waited long hours to see a pediatrician. Seth gives the woman compassion and the reader is convinced Seth will become a successful physician.
The pace is wonderful. There were times I had that fabulous, guttural laugh, with tears running down my face and I had to put the book down just to relish the moment.
This is an excellent read – and required-reading material for anyone thinking about going to medical school. You have to be smart, be able to roll with the dice, analytical, exercise empathy, work very, very hard and have a sense of humor. Wild applause!

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