In Stitches: A Memoir (Paperback)
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Dr. Youn’s first book In Stitches details his journey from childhood to becoming a renowned and successful plastic surgeon. The book has received critical acclaim and an overwhelming positive response from his peers including Dr. Robert Ray (Doctor 90210) and Dr. Drew Ordon (The Doctors). It was awarded the Michigan Notable Books Award and was a finalist for the Books For A Better Life Award. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to become a doctor, this book is for you.
I am a mother-in-law to two doctors (my son-in-law is Korean and my daughter-in-law is Indian). As I watched as these young people navigate the gauntlet of training to be highly educated and finely skilled surgeons, I gained a new appreciation for what it takes to be a physician....inside and out. Dr. Youn's story mirrors my "kids'" experiences including the Michigan State Owen Hall story. Oh my gosh, that could have been told by my son-in-law. The book is well written, funny, and illustrates both the intellectual and emotional growth Dr. Youn experienced during his years of training. Bonus for sharing the evolution of his relationship with his parents and brother. Anyone thinking of going to med school, any physician, and any family member of a physician would enjoy this book.
Dr Youn tells a story of a young man who struggled, persevered, found his passion and achieved his goals. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it proved to be as inspiring as I had anticipated. What I didn't expect was how completely honest, funny and emotional that it was. It had me laughing out loud, and it rendered me to tears at times. His attention to detail gave me a greater sense of his experience. His candor helped me to truly appreciate his struggles, and his self-deprecating humor made it highly entertaining. A self proclaimed "awkward" Korean boy trying to fit in in a small primarily white town, Dr Youn chronicled his journey through various challenges, resulting in a favorable ending. It was a heartfelt and inspiring account of how he evolved through the years, and overcame various obstacles. I was fascinated at the metamorphosis that took place. He transformed himself from a self conscious "science nerd" who aspired to become an accomplished physician (AND successful with the ladies,) into to the incredibly charismatic, and skilled surgeon that he is today. Duckling to swan if you will... We can all relate to feeling like an outcast, a misfit at times. I admire the tenacity it takes to get right back up after a fall and to just keep swinging. Such an invaluable lesson for everyone, but for young people in particular who maybe in the midst of their own struggles This book also provides an excellent insight into what medical school entails and the impact that it can have on ones social life. Sacrifices must be made, but the lesson is to never ever give up, in spite of any setbacks....This will serve you well in the end. Anyone thinking about a career in medicine should read this book. To see him today it's is hard to believe that he ever struggled I had the great pleasure of meeting and being treated by Dr Youn. I can say that in addition to being a skilled and compassionate surgeon, he is extremely refined and confident in just the right way. In the end, his perseverance resulted in a successful career and a beautiful family . Yes, a success story indeed.
I loved this light-hearted story. Having had a son who went to Medical School, and having been myself employed in he medical field for many years, I suppose I am attracted to stories about medicine. However, Anthony Youn presented his story in such a charming, uplifting way, that I was truly impressed. Anyone thinking about a career in medicine should read this book. It doesn't present medicine in either a negative, nor too positive of a light - instead sharing the struggles of a determined medical student and a devoted son. Thank you for a lovely book!
Medical memoirs are among my favorite books. I learn more about medicine and gain insight into the minds of those who save lives and improve quality of care. Dr Youn is a funny and emotionally honest man. He discusses his early life and his parents demanding ways through post medical school. This is a laugh out loud book which is an easy, quick read and small enough to carry with you on a plane - like I did. His honesty shows us how emotional and open Physicians are capable of being despite the fact we don't always see these qualities. A friend of mine saw how much I enjoyed this book and asked me for it so I gave it to her. She is enjoying it as well. A definite 5 star book. I expect others to enjoy it as much as I did.
I had seen Dr. Youn being interviewed on a popular TV show and was instantly interested in reading it. Dr. Youn's new title, "In Stitches " was a pleasant departure from the standard fare of Doctors who solely promote their practice, potion or pills. I've never been a patient of Dr. Youn, but would love to be at some time. I would imagine his bedside manner is great based on his evident sense of humor that is present throughout in "In Stitches". Particularly entertaining was the chapter about his jaw. The obviously self conscious teen not only overcame his physical hurdle, but turned it into a practice where he helps others improve their appearance. It's a relatively short book and worthy of the numerous glowing reviews. I can confidently recommend In Stitches.