Saturday, January 11, 2014
Hospital Tales Enliven Romance
A White Coat Is My Closet as much for the stories about the children that the surgeon who's wearing the white closet tells as much as the coming out of the closet story. I just wish that Wells had had a better editor. There was a lot of repetition in the novel that distracted from Wells' wonderful points about being a doctor and about being accepted for who one is.
At first I was skeptical about reading this book especially since the first chapter or so are grizzly. I had two C-sections and reading about someone in danger during childbirth and the resulting C-section isn't really something I would have sought out to read. Fortunately, the rest of the hospital tales are about children which was marginally easier to take.
I've had five major operations in my life, so my view of hospitals is a little skewed. One operation was an emergency one held during a nurses' strike. That was a particularly grim hospital stay as anyone could imagine. Another operation went wrong and the surgeon found himself over his head in complications or so I found out after the operation when the surgeon nearly refused to see me, and his staff spilled the beans.
So reading a book, even a good one, about hospitals and surgeries was difficult. However, Wells' smooth writing style helped me get through the rough parts without too much angst.