"A riveting look at what it takes to become a premiere surgeon in today's wild west of medicine. Dr. Youn has written a moving and humorous memoir that is a must-read for medical students, doctors, and anyone interested in the fascinating world behind the clinic curtains and the operating room doors." -- Dr. Andrew Ordon, MD, FACS, board-certified plastic surgeon and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show, "The Doctors"
"Part Botched, Part Grey's Anatomy, my good friend Dr. Tony Youn has written a fun and fascinating book that reveals what really happens behind the OR curtain. This is the rare medical memoir which doesn't take itself too seriously, but gives you the straight scoop on what it takes to become a top surgeon in today's crazy world of medicine. I loved it." -- Dr. Sandra Lee, aka "Dr. Pimple Popper," board-certified dermatologist and author of "Put Your Best Face Forward"
"In this well-written, heartfelt, and at times amusing book, Dr. Youn chronicles his journey towards a successful and fulfilling career as a plastic surgeon. The tribulations, joys, disappointments along the way, and the final triumph are all portrayed in a frank and humbling and sometimes humorous manner." -- Foad Nahai, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, Editor-in-Chief of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Past President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
"Dr. Youn has written a fascinating and informative book about the making of a surgeon. This gripping tale should be required reading for medical students and surgery residents." -- Matt McCarthy, MD, New York Times bestselling author of "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic" and "The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year"
"A must read! Dr. Youn details the arduous journey and rites of passage that all surgeons must endure. His humor and portrayal of life as a young doctor is the true reality of what it takes to become a caring and compassionate physician. Tony's transformation into a national physician leader and holistic plastic surgeon is proof that this journey was indeed worthwhile." -- Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS, Founding Professor and Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
“I am a doctor.”
Every year, thousands of medical school graduates utter these four simple words. But as you will see in Playing God, earning an M.D. is just the first step to becoming a real physician.
In this page-turning, thrilling, and moving memoir, Dr. Anthony Youn reveals that the true metamorphosis from student to doctor occurs not in medical school but in the formative years of residency training and early practice. It is only through actually saving and losing patients, taking on the medical establishment, wrestling with financial and emotional survival, and fighting for patients’ lives that a young doctor becomes a mature and competent physician.
Dr. Youn takes you from the operating rooms of a university surgery residency program to the gleaming offices of top Beverly Hills plastic surgeons to opening the doors of his empty clinic as a new doctor with no money, no patients, and mountains of debt. Playing God leaves you with an unexpected answer to that profound question: “What does it mean to be a doctor?”
In Playing God, you will take a journey through the world of surgery, hospitals, and the practice of medicine unlike any that you have traveled before.