Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is a household name: most people remember that awful day in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and thirteen wounded. Read more...
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is a household name: most people remember that awful day in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and thirteen wounded. What many people don't know is that it was Dr. Peter Rhee who played a vital role in her survival.
Born in South Korea, Rhee moved with his family to Uganda where he watched his public health surgeon father remove a spear from a man's belly--and began his lifelong interest in medicine. What came next is this compelling portrait of how one becomes a world class trauma surgeon: the specialized training, the mindset to make critical decisions, and the practiced ability to operate on the human body. Dr. Rhee is so eminent that when President Clinton traveled to China, he was selected to accompany the president as his personal physician. In Trauma Red we learn how Rhee's experiences were born from the love and sacrifices of determined parents, and of Rhee's own quest to become as excellent a surgeon as possible.
Trauma Red chronicles the patient cases Dr. Rhee has handled over two decades on two distinct battle fronts: In Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a frontline US Navy surgeon trying to save young American soldiers, and the urban zones of Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where he has been confronted by an endless stream of bloody victims of civilian violence and accidents. Tough and outspoken, Dr. Rhee isn't afraid to take on the politics of violence in America and a medical community that too often resists innovation. His story provides an inside look into a fascinating medical world, a place where lives are saved every day.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-07
- Reviewer: Staff
This fast-paced memoir details former Navy captain and trauma surgeon Rhee’s service to humanity, from the battlefields of Iraq to streets of L.A. The child of refugee parents who escaped the horror of North Korea, Rhee found himself drawn as a young doctor to the adrenaline rush of trauma surgery. Rhee’s navy commission led him around the world, including stints in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he volunteered for frontline posts and was forced to make split-second decisions over life and death. In Arizona, Rhee treated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting spree; he also has worked to develop programs and advance technologies to ensure that more people survive devastating injuries. With journalist Gordon Dillon, Rhee has constructed an engaging narrative that smoothly relays a high volume of information from a fascinating life. Rhee’s detailed-oriented, understated prose further highlights his accomplishments, which include spearheading the development of the science-fictionesque treatment of therapeutic hypothermia. Rhee has certainly demonstrated his devotion to his adopted homeland, and his common-sense stances on gun control and immigration deserve our attention. (June)