Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon’s First Years

Michael J. Collins, M.D., ‘71 (St. Martin’s Press)


A fast-paced memoir of the fear, heartbreak, humor and triumph of the author’s four-year residency in orthopedic surgery. Can that young boy’s leg be saved? How do you tell a woman she has widespread cancer? And when do you stop being bone tired?

“We were learning that all the training and all the caring in the world were not going to solve every problem,” Collins writes. What he also learns is the role he truly plays as a doctor, a role in which compassion is integral to the treatment.

(April 2005)