An immersive look at one man’s multi-decade journey as a doctor.



A retired anesthesiologist tells his life story in this all-encompassing autobiography.

Debut author Cottrell, who practiced anesthesiology for more than 30 years, decided that he would write a book chronicling his medical career and the difficulties that he faced in his personal life. Cottrell has expert insight into his field; indeed, he writes that anesthesia is “ingrained in my mindset and…intertwined with my daily rituals.” He starts out with an account of his residency in the mid-1970s in a Veterans Administration hospital in Florida, where he was still “pretty much of a novice.” As the decades progress, he gives in-depth descriptions of his most challenging cases and patients. In one memorable account of a case during his residency, for example, he describes how a patient’s unexpectedly reduced kidney function caused a troubling reaction to anesthesia; although the author says the case made him “embarrassed” and “defensive,” he also admits that it was a valuable learning experience. Eventually his job affected aspects of his life away from work, as well. He addresses three particular events that occurred over nine months in 1988 and ’89 that helped shape his overall outlook: the death of his father, the loss of a job, and the end of his marriage. Overall, Cottrell’s story is extremely comprehensive and precise. He goes through the painstaking effort of outlining each and every moment in his life that had an impact on his career, including each of his relationships with family members and colleagues, and each post that he held while he was a practicing anesthesiologist. His story is so detailed, in fact, that it feels almost too personal at times. However, readers who are interested in an account of “the challenges of a medical career from the inside” will likely find it of interest.

An immersive look at one man’s multi-decade journey as a doctor. 

Pub Date: July 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9978054-1-3

Page Count: 284

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Dec. 14, 2016

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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