Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs

The Making of a Surgeon

Michael J. Collins, M.D.

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It looked for a while as if Michael Collins would spend his life breaking concrete and throwing rocks for the Vittorio Scalese Construction Company. He liked the work and he liked the pay. But a chance remark by one of his coworkers made him realize that he wanted to involve himself in something bigger, something more meaningful than crushing rocks and drinking beer.

In his acclaimed first memoir, Hot Lights, Cold Steel, Collins wrote passionately about his four-year surgical residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs turns back the clock, taking readers from his days as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, expertly infusing his journey to become a doctor with humanity, compassion, and humor. From the first time he delivers a baby to being surrounded by death and pain on a daily basis, Collins compellingly writes about how medicine makes him confront, in a very deep and personal way, the nature of God and suffering—and how delicate life can be.

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“Collins’s gritty memoir traces his journey from a grimy construction pit to the hallowed halls of medicine. An engaging read—and a valuable reminder that doctors come from all walks of life.” —Sandeep Jauhar, author of Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation

“Collins has a poet’s soul, whether describing the sunrise through a laborer’s eyes or what it means to be human through a physician’s. . . . Literary talent produces this fast-paced memoir filled with easy, unforced dialogue and authentic characters from all walks of life.” —Booklist

“Collins has a superb ear for dialogue, and his breezy style makes his world spring to life.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a perceptive, no-frills memoir of a surgeon who succeeded by dint of hard work and brains.” —Publishers Weekly

Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs is a gripping, humane, humorous, and an enlightening read.” —Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country, The Tennis Partner, and Cutting for Stone


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Michael J. Collins, M.D.

Michael J. Collins, M.D., served as the chief resident in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and is now a successful orthopedic surgeon. He is the author of the acclaimed medical memoir Hot Lights, Cold Steel. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois.

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Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs
The Making of a Surgeon
Michael J. Collins, M.D.

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312610913
ISBN10: 0312610912
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$15.99

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St. Martin's Press
May 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923507
ISBN10: 1429923504
304 pages
$9.99
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