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In Stitches [BOOKS] ⚣ In Stitches By Anthony Youn – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Tony Youn grew up up one of two Asian American kids in a small town of near wall to wall whiteness Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a Tony Youn grew up up one of two Asian American kids in a small town of near wall to wall whiteness Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a protruding jaw that one day began to grow, expanding Pinocchio like, protruding to an unthinkable, monstrous size After high school graduation, while other seniors partied at the shore or explored Europe, Youn lay strapped in an oral surgeon s chair as he broke his jaw, then reset it and wired it shut for six weeks Ironically, it was this brutal makeover that led him to his life s calling and the four years of angst, flubs, triumphs, non stop studying and intermittant heavy drinking that eventually earned him an MD Thanks to a small circle of close friends and an obsessive drive to overachieve , Youn transformed from a shy, skinny, awkward nerd with no confidence and no clue into a renowned and successful plastic surgeon In Stitches is a heartfelt, candid, and laugh out loud memoir of one man s bumpy road to becoming a doctor and learning to be confortable in his own skin.


10 thoughts on “In Stitches

  1. Smithbmd Smith Smithbmd Smith says:

    Fantastic One of the only books that I ve ever read that captures both the humor and heart of medicine This is also muchthan a book about med school It s a hilarious journey from nerdy outsider to celebrity plastic surgeon with interesting cultural perspectives the author is Korean American and grew up in rural Michigan with a Tiger Father If you want a typical med school book, well this is not it Ranks up there with classics like House of God Highly recommended.


  2. Vy Vy says:

    In this memoir, Dr Youn takes us from his childhood, growing up as the son of an OB GYN and a member of the only Asian family in a small Michigan town, to his decision to become a plastic surgeon The narrative ends on Match Day, when we learn where he ll go do his residency.There are parts of this story that are memorable His portrayal of his childhood as a nerdy, ethnically self conscious boy trying to fit in while juggling his parents expectations is both funny and touching He shares an In this memoir, Dr Youn takes us from his childhood, growing up as the son of an OB GYN and a member of the only Asian family in a small Michigan town, to his decision to become a plastic surgeon The narrative ends on Match Day, when we learn where he ll go do his residency.There are parts of this story that are memorable His portrayal of his childhood as a nerdy, ethnically self conscious boy trying to fit in while juggling his parents expectations is both funny and touching He shares an important insight about his family dynamics when we learn how his brother s academic performance ramped up pressure for him Dr Youn tells us early on about how he himself had undergone a surgery which changed his appearance and his perception of himself Once he s in med school, there are some poignant interactions with patients, including a particularly difficult case that made him begin to consider Plastics.Unfortunately, there were large chunks of this book that I did not like The middle section seemsabout his desperate attempts to date than about anything else His characterization of women throughout is sophomoric They are either ridiculously hot or trollish caricatures the short too Asian girl the aggressive gunner the overweight med student huffing and puffing her way to orientation the large, Navajo, and unpleasant student in the medical class below him This is all going to make for an awkward medical school reunion I wasn t necessarily looking for anything sappy or overly sentimental, but I do prefer memoirs in which I feel that the author has grown in some way or has learned a lesson he wants to impart At the very least, I d like to have a sense of the author s self awareness If I were the ghostwriter, I would have focused on Youn s childhood, skipped ahead through most of the sexual angst, and then continued the story on into residency and maybe the first year or so of private practice I would have provided follow up on what happened to Youn s brother and what happened to the patient who was reportedly so instrumental in his career choice There were missed opportunities to explore how a plastic surgeon feels about appearance and whether that gets distorted over the course of his training and career Without somemeaningful undercurrent, the book became a collection of a funny thing happened to me on the way to the OR stories that were often just TMI


  3. Kara Kara says:

    The vast majority of this book is awful It s less about Youn becoming a doctor andabout him desperately chasing women I thought that because we re both Asian, because I currently live in Michigan, and because I work in healthcare, this book would be right up my alley It was not Youn, for most of the book, is just an unlikeable guy I know this is kind of his coming of age story he makes mistakes, he learns from them, he grows up But he s kind of an immature brat Another reviewer des The vast majority of this book is awful It s less about Youn becoming a doctor andabout him desperately chasing women I thought that because we re both Asian, because I currently live in Michigan, and because I work in healthcare, this book would be right up my alley It was not Youn, for most of the book, is just an unlikeable guy I know this is kind of his coming of age story he makes mistakes, he learns from them, he grows up But he s kind of an immature brat Another reviewer described his descriptions of women to be caricatures, and that s dead on This is like a shitty Chelsea Handler book if Handler had been a sex starved Korean male med student It was not enjoyable Until the last quarter As Youn starts doing rotations and stops chasing women, the book is actually interesting If the whole book had been like this, it would ve been a solid four stars


  4. Tim Chamberlain Tim Chamberlain says:

    A funny and touching memoir that puts doctors in a new light.In a story that opens up the world of the med school student, Anthony Youn also delivers the story of his personal journey in ways that are both heartfelt and hilarious.In Stitches is the story of Youn also known as Tony and how he became a successful plastic surgeon He is driven by his strict, over achieving Korean father to become a doctor, and not just any doctor Tony should become a surgeon His father s belittling of other med A funny and touching memoir that puts doctors in a new light.In a story that opens up the world of the med school student, Anthony Youn also delivers the story of his personal journey in ways that are both heartfelt and hilarious.In Stitches is the story of Youn also known as Tony and how he became a successful plastic surgeon He is driven by his strict, over achieving Korean father to become a doctor, and not just any doctor Tony should become a surgeon His father s belittling of other medical fields Pediatrics No Little kids, little dollah is absolutely hilarious as long as you re not on the receiving end You get the complete story of the difficult journey to becoming a doctor, and you may honestly wonder between laughs how anyone actually finishes.A major theme of Tony s life up until med school is his haplessness with women and his inability to really do much about it There are several hilarious date stories the fire eater might be my favorite , and these only serve to demonstrate both Tony s frustrations and his humanity This is such a theme for him and apparently many med students that he admits that he is going to med school to get laid After reading his stories, this makes a lot of sense.For all of the female frustration that Tony experiences, he finally does triumph in the ladies department you may find yourself giving a little fist pump of joy when he chooses his future wife over another woman.There was a defining event in Youn s life that may have started him on the path to becoming a plastic surgeon In junior high, his jaw started growing at an alarming rate giving him an expanding underbite and making him into a bigger outcast This culminates in the breaking and resetting of his jaw after high school graduation, a wildly painful but necessary experience This appears to have been a major factor in Tony s later career choice of plastic surgery he can definitely empathize with many of the people he works on and it makes him a better doctor.An interesting side note on the whole jaw business Tony s sensitivity to his own jaw issues cause him to examine the bite of every woman he finds good looking I ve honestly never heard anyone talking about someone attractive and mentioning their slight overbite in the first sentence It just goes to show that everyone has their own filter on life Youn s descriptions of med school are both hilarious and frightening Starting with his orientation speakers, med school sounds like a scary place where you will do nothing but work and hope to be able to finish After reading about his later experiences in med school, this is not far off However, the lone consoling joke also comes from the orientation what do you call the person that finishes last in his med school class Doctor It s a way of putting in perspective the difficulty of med school all of you super smart achievers are now in a group with all of the other super smart achievers It is a disorienting experience for Tony.The stories from In Stitches that will stick with the reader the most come from Youn s third and fourth years of med school He does a series of rotations in different areas of medicine, ostensibly to help the student decide his future direction Youn deals with everything from a sadistic intern to prison psychos and everything in between He swings between humorous tales and genuinely touching stories with ease, and you will find yourself amazed that anyone can survive it all.Ultimately this is a story of what it s like to be an outsider told with humor and personality It also helps puncture a couple of medical stereotypes one, that doctors are perfect robots that make no mistakes, and two, that there is no humor in medicine Granted, there seem to be plenty of humorless doctors out there, but Tony also introduces us to the hilarious, damaged and just plain weird doctors he has encountered In Stitches also provides a glimpse into the rather insane world of the med student and how they survive the grueling process the fact that this book is also laugh out loud funny is just a great bonus


  5. Karen Ng Karen Ng says:

    I love funny and heart warming memoirs, and this one is one of, if not the best I m glad I didn t know Dr Tony Youn is so well known, otherwise I would have missed out on this little gem of a book, due to the fact that I usually avoid books written by Hollywood celebrities and the like.Youn, a Korean American raised by very old fashioned and stern Asian parents, recounted his childhood experiences up to and included his 4 years of medical school His father, an OB gynecologist, decided that To I love funny and heart warming memoirs, and this one is one of, if not the best I m glad I didn t know Dr Tony Youn is so well known, otherwise I would have missed out on this little gem of a book, due to the fact that I usually avoid books written by Hollywood celebrities and the like.Youn, a Korean American raised by very old fashioned and stern Asian parents, recounted his childhood experiences up to and included his 4 years of medical school His father, an OB gynecologist, decided that Tony was going to be a surgeon right after he was bornand constantly reminded Tony of that Family Practice Work all day, all night, weekend, make no money Go broke Surgery only thing Psychiatry No Too many crazy people Pediatrics No Little Kids, little dollah Surgery One proceejah, two thousand dollah Without doubt, Youn knew he was going to grow up becoming a doctor.The book wouldn t be so fun to read if Youn lacked either the humor, or his deep understanding of life I have read lots of so called humor books that lack substance the writer tried too hard to be funny Youn has the talent of presenting us one joke after another within the same page or even paragraph The humor is always just right He knows exactly when to stop.On the other hand, he has a pretty clear and deep sense of what life is all about what make us human One of my favorite passage was from his chapter on his Anatomy class, where he found a whole bin full of cadaver hands This is what he wrote, Doctors need to be detached, right Impersonal What ispersonal than our face Our hands We use our hands for everything to touch, to write, to build, to play, to cook, to clean, to feed, to feel, to guide, to caress, to love Our hands serve us as extensions of our minds and our hearts. It took Youn four year, or almost four years, to finally understand why he has become a doctor, and what he s going to do with it.Every little joke, or experience in this book offers valuable insights for other students who s thinking about a medical careeror any student who s facing life Youn is gifted in his writing style He probably has the same witty personality that s wise and humorous No wonder he s so well known This book deserves a 4.5 stars, and I m eagerly waiting for another book


  6. CarolineFromConcord CarolineFromConcord says:

    This is the memoir of a young plastic surgeon that people may know from the Rachael Ray Show A friend said she loved the book, so although a medical memoir written with a ghost writer is not the sort of thing I would have picked up on my own, I decided to try it Very interesting.The doctor in question has a self deprecating sense of humor, faces some big challenges, and demonstrates a level of kindness that you hope for in any doctor.Anthony Youn grew up grew up in a tiny Michigan town, where This is the memoir of a young plastic surgeon that people may know from the Rachael Ray Show A friend said she loved the book, so although a medical memoir written with a ghost writer is not the sort of thing I would have picked up on my own, I decided to try it Very interesting.The doctor in question has a self deprecating sense of humor, faces some big challenges, and demonstrates a level of kindness that you hope for in any doctor.Anthony Youn grew up grew up in a tiny Michigan town, where his family were the only Koreans and stuck to traditions His loving but driven father had grown up in abject poverty, one of nine children in a farming family that had no bathroom The author s father worked ferociously and became an obstetrician in the United States, insisting that his son also take up medicine An embarrassingly protruding jaw that formed in Anthony s teens, gave the author his first experience with reconstructive surgery, but it wasn t until his last year of med school that he realized he wanted to be a plastic surgeon.Every obstacle that he faces with being a teenage geek, with girls, with grueling med school experiences and half crazy medical supervisors he describes with humor and even laugh out loud punch lines His kindness to an old man who thought there was nothing to live for and to a terrified toddler left crying in the hospital suggest a person you might like to know He sees horrific injuries requiring reconstruction, not just starlets wanting to look younger And he discovers that he likes the relatively immediate results of this kind of work.You might enjoy this insight into medical training and into the way a smart, disciplined, nice guy overcomes challenges


  7. Amy Amy says:

    This was so funny I didn t expect it to be, but I really enjoyed it Read it for my reading group From Left to Write It s the memoir of Tony Youn about his years growing up as the only Asian in his small Michigan town, to his years in Med School I learned some things about Med School, too Tony s voice is fresh and hilarious A good read


  8. Heather Heather says:

    In this introspective and witty memoir, Anthony Youn, a young Korean doctor, shares the passage of his life from early childhood and adolescence to his frantic foray through medical school, culminating in his residency in plastic surgery Though Anthony is a smart youngster and a dedicated student, he s not very popular with his classmates during his formative years Adding to this problem is the unending pressure from his father, a Korean immigrant who has become a successful obstetrician Afte In this introspective and witty memoir, Anthony Youn, a young Korean doctor, shares the passage of his life from early childhood and adolescence to his frantic foray through medical school, culminating in his residency in plastic surgery Though Anthony is a smart youngster and a dedicated student, he s not very popular with his classmates during his formative years Adding to this problem is the unending pressure from his father, a Korean immigrant who has become a successful obstetrician After graduating high school at the top of his class, Anthony decides to go on to medical school at the urgings of his father Despite the fact that he s not sure he wants to be a surgeon or doctor, Anthony does exceedingly well in medical school and is also able to make a handful of cherished friends who go through the ups and downs together with him.But what s most pressing to Anthony isn t the demands of medical school, but the fact that he can t get a date to save his life With the help of hissmooth and suave friends, Anthony finally finds himself at peace within a very successful relationship But as year four of medical school continues, Anthony s choice for a surgical residency is still up in the air He works a bit in each field but finds himself unimpressed by all of them, until one life changing evening when he finds himself at the elbow of one of the country s most successful plastic surgeons.Now Anthony is on a mission across the United States, learning from and practicing with some of the most renowned and eccentric plastic surgeons in an effort to complete his education and make himself eligible for residency As he moves through the medical world, he shares his joys and failures, and comes to understand that his father s wish for him is not so far from his own dreams Both candid and funny, In Stitches shares Anthony s journey from unpopular obscurity to the halls of medical artistry, and the choices he must make to get there.This was a rather strange read for me Though I ve read quite a few memoirs, In Stitches was surprising because of its very brisk pace I wanted to knowabout Youn s life, and from my perspective, it seemed like he glossed over things rather quickly Though I admit that in writing the book this way the action was fast paced, I couldn t help but feel like the story of Youn s life was rushed This breakneck pace had the curious effect of distancing me from the narrator instead of drawing me closer Though so much was packed within the first few sections, I felt like I didn t know him at all, which was the lamentable result of Youn s fast paced style.Though I liked Youn, I found at times that he could be faintly misogynistic and sneering about women This may have been because he was bitter about not getting any action, but the implications of his discussions about dating unattractive women in an effort to have sex just rubbed me the wrong way and made me feel a bit indisposed towards him A lot of the first few sections were given over to his endless cogitation about his sexual urges and his attempts to get in a girl s, any girl s, pants I ended up feeling that Youn was very immature, even in his reflections and digressions, and it bothered me that so much of his story revolved around his not being able to get lucky I worried that the whole scope of this book was going to be self absorbed and whiny, but luckily, when we moved into the second year of his medical schooling, things got a lotinteresting.When Youn finally got a girlfriend and put his angst to rest, there were, at last, some interesting developments in the book As he takes us on a tour of what it was like for him in medical school, the story rapidly picked up flavor and my interest Here are the tales that I had been waiting for The arrogant and insensitive doctors, the troubled and ill patients Youn shares his reflections on the first surgery he attends and its unexpected outcome He relates his experiences about being on call for days and how frazzled he was, and ultimately, he shares just what it was that made him decide to go into the field of plastic surgery I felt that this section of the book was muchinteresting and absorbing, and really felt that if the whole book had been written in this vein, it would have been asuccessful read for me It was almost as if there was an imperfect amalgamation between the two stories one half reflecting the same cares and woes that most teenage boys experience, and one half filled with the exciting and fuel laden drama of life as a medical student It s probably pretty clear to you which I preferred.Though I didn t really enjoy the first section of this book, the second half was in some ways redemptive I guess it s understandable for the sections that describe Youn s adolescence to be turgid and at times immature, but I was glad when things moved on and there werealtruistic leanings to this memoir If you re not the type of reader to be bothered with such things, then I would recommend this book to you It wasn t what I had been expecting, but once thedifficult passages had been hurdled, I found myself really enjoying myself and curiously invested in the tale that Youn tells


  9. Alyce (At Home With Books) Alyce (At Home With Books) says:

    In Stitches is a great book to read if you have ever wondered what life is like in medical school Anthony Youn takes the reader on a quick tour of his childhood years and then delves into the study filled days and nights of life as a medical student.During those years of college, his obsessions seemed to be split equally between his studies and his desire to find a girl who would stick around long enough for a second date or even make it to the end of the first one His self deprecating humor In Stitches is a great book to read if you have ever wondered what life is like in medical school Anthony Youn takes the reader on a quick tour of his childhood years and then delves into the study filled days and nights of life as a medical student.During those years of college, his obsessions seemed to be split equally between his studies and his desire to find a girl who would stick around long enough for a second date or even make it to the end of the first one His self deprecating humor can be a little over the top at times, but serves as a good contrast to the seriousness with which he addressed his studies.The parts of the memoir that I enjoyed the most were those where the author discussed his passion for plastic surgery, and how he discovered that passion When someone feels that strongly about something their enthusiasm shines through when they talk about it and it is contagious.I didn t know that much about the process that medical students go through I m not a fan of medical TV dramas, so that might have something to do with my ignorance , so Anthony Youn s stories of his harrowing first year of study, the actors paid to pretend illnesses for the students to diagnose, and his time on rotations after that were informative and entertaining.I know I shouldn t have been surprised at how much work was involved, or how quickly the students get thrown into the fire when it comes to treating and diagnosing patients, but the harshness of the learning environment was shocking For example, on his first day of rotations he is told to draw blood with no previous experience or training Do the draw, she says to me As I mentioned a moment ago Do the draw We don t have all day Hands shaking, mouth dry and tasting of paste, I fumble with the needle kit she hands me Word of advice When you ve got a razor sharp implement in your hand and your job is to puncture someone s flesh, take your time Not great to search for a vein when you re on the clock Page 155Which brings me to another point there is a decent amount of swearing in this book I didn t find it horribly offensive or anything, but it s there a point of which I was reminded when searching for the above quote, and had a hard time finding a way to excerpt it without including profanity.The chapter about the third year rotations made me wonder if there wasn t possibly a better way to initiate medical students into the actual hands on portion of doctoring It also made me want to steer clear of hospitals with medical students, and reaffirmed my belief that I made the right decision in pursuing a degree in the liberal arts I enjoyed this book and would love to readabout Anthony Youn s subsequent years of training to become a plastic surgeon, and his experiences in the profession thereafter


  10. Scott Foshee Scott Foshee says:

    Pleasantly Readable, but Disappointing In Stitches by Anthony Youn, M.D is a lightweight, readable and occasionally funny memoir about growing up Asian in a small Michigan town, going to medical school, and becoming a plastic surgeon He is awkward in high school to say the least, and has to undergo brutal plastic surgery on his jaw as a child to correct its abnormal growth His parents are Korean and his doctor father pushes and pushes and pushes Youn to become a surgeon Youn s self deprec Pleasantly Readable, but Disappointing In Stitches by Anthony Youn, M.D is a lightweight, readable and occasionally funny memoir about growing up Asian in a small Michigan town, going to medical school, and becoming a plastic surgeon He is awkward in high school to say the least, and has to undergo brutal plastic surgery on his jaw as a child to correct its abnormal growth His parents are Korean and his doctor father pushes and pushes and pushes Youn to become a surgeon Youn s self depreciating humor goes a long way to get us through the painful times and awkward stories about growing up.This book is pleasantly readable, but I didn t find it particularly compelling A theme running throughout the book is him trying to get laid his term , which I found fairly offensive, and his making fun of other Asians, oddly enough He continually emphasizes his father s heavy Korean accent for comic effect and he complains about being put in an Asian dorm at medical school that smells like Thai food Really Do we really need this One would expect that someone who grew up as a geeky outsider would be a littlesensitive here.It wasn t until after I finished this book that I found out that Dr Youn has had many television appearances Rachael Ray, etc talking about plastic surgery This media exposure may be the reason why this book gets so many higher ratings, but I just don t see it It has a few fairly interesting stories in a beach book sort of way, but that s it A book about overcoming childhood disfigurement and battling through medical school to become a prominent surgeon could have been so muchthan a breezy recounting of some fairly humorous stories and ironically enough frat boy antics I was disappointed


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