“The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly” – Blogging for Books

A Physicans First YearLet me begin by saying: I wanted to like this book. I am a huge fan of the television show, ER, and have been for over a decade. So, I truly thought this would be an enjoyable book to read in my spare time.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly is by Dr. Matt McCarthy, who is an assistant professor of medicine at Cornell and a staff physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center. His work has appeared inSports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin, where he writes the Medspin column. His first book, Odd Man Out, was a New York Times bestseller.

When I saw The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, it looked like it would be a good read filled with insightful experiences that a new doctor would have to share. While it is a memoir of Dr. Matt McCarthy’s experiences, I cannot say that I would recommend this book to any of my readers.

Between the preface and first two chapters, there is quite a bit of language and even misusing Jesus’ name. While I am sure there are other books that use more language, I do not feel like continuing to read this book is something that will build me up. Instead of being built up, I feel like it would tear me down – spiritually and emotionally speaking. Ordinarily I would continue to pursue giving it a few more chances as I often do for books, this one I cannot.

As a child of God, I am called to be set apart. This… doesn’t help me fulfill that goal of being set apart, so I can be closer to Christ. In fact, it does the opposite. If it wasn’t for the language and misusing God’s name, I would likely still be reading this book…Due to the language, I cannot endorse purchasing this book by Dr. McCarthy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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