Paul Ruggieri, M.D., local Rhode Island surgeon and author of the book, “Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated…Life Behind the O.R. Doors,” will conduct a talk and signing on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Warwick Centre Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1350B Bald Hill Road.
As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of his profession. In “confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated…Life Behind the O.R. Doors,” he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved and sometimes lost. “Confessions of a Surgeon” is an eye-opening look at the demands of the operating theater, the politics involved in saving a life and the stories of the patients doctors take an oath to protect and heal.
Ruggieri shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. He explores the 24-hour challenges that come from patients and their loved ones; the ethics of saving the lives of repugnant criminals; the hot-button issues of health care, malpractice lawsuits and reimbursements; and the true cost of running a private practice. And he divulges the “white coat code of silence” that prevents the patient from ever learning what really transpires during surgery.
Ultimately, Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. His account is passionate, illuminating and often shocking – an eye-opening, never-before-seen look at real life and death in the O.R.