Thursday, June 10, 2010
The Six Liter Club
Camille Weller has arrived as the first African-American attending in the trauma service of the Medical College of Virginia. Never mind that the locker rooms are labeled "doctors" and "nurses" rather than "men" and "women" or that her dark skin communicates "incapable" to many of her white male colleagues in the OR. Camille has battled prejudices her entire career, but those battles were small spats compared to what she faces now.
When a colleague discovers a lump in her breast, she believes Dr. Camille Weller is the best doctor for her. Together, they decide on a course of treatment that bucks the established medical system, keeping Camille firmly in the crosshairs of male surgeons already riddled with skepticism and suspicion.
Her success as a surgeon is jeopardized further when dark whispers from her childhood in Africa plague Camille's thoughts. Bewildering panic attacks instill fear in a surgeon bent on maintaining the control, pace, and direction of her own life. Unable to shake the flashes of memory, Camille is forced to face a past she has not acknowledged since the death of her father on an African mission field. Who was he? Who was she? And why would either of those answers affect her present? (excerpt from back cover).
In the book, the Six Liter Club, by Harry Kraus, MD, I absolutely loved the story from page one. It's a story similar to an episode of your favorite medical show with more drama and intensity than I have seen in a medical fiction novel in quite some time. It holds your interest in every single page!
The Six Liter Club is a prestigious club on men who have saved the lives of patients that have lost six liters of blood and still lived. Today, Camille becomes not only the first woman, but also the first African American surgeon as well to join the "boy's club". She finally thinks this is what it will take for the men in the hospital to finally see the potential she brings as a trauma surgeon at the Medical College of Virginia.
However during one private conversation, Camille learns the real reason behind her being hired and it doesn't have to do with her medical qualifications. Just how long will she last here? Odds are exactly in her favor. So does she have what it takes to outlast and prove her worth here or will she simply pack her bags and become a resident instead? Will the God she met on the missions field with her father, help her during this time of indecision?
This book was amazing and I read it in one sitting. I wasn't able to predict my way through this book and found the ending humorous, tearful, and surprising uplifting. I only hope that Harry Kraus, MD, the author decides to create a sequel for this novel.
I received this book, compliments of Glass Roads Public Relations for my review and this is a must have for anyone's permanent library. I again rate this book 10 out of 10!
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