Operating Room Confidential by Paul Whang, ECW Press

Operating Room Confidential: What Really Goes On When You Go Under

Whang, Paul

  • What really happens in the operating room of a hospital? Is real life just like ER, Grey’s Anatomy, or House?

    Dr. Paul Whang, Anaesthetist, reveals operating room curses and superstitions, the characteristics of a good surgeon, the personalities of the specialists caring for them, and the patients that doctors fear. Operating Room Confidential shares the inner truths about the operating room to the reader: the quirky, strange, hidden rhythms and routines that occur inside and around the O.R.

    • What do doctors talk about during your surgery?
    • If a surgical instrument falls to the floor, is the five-second rule observed?
    • What characters do doctors encounter on a typical twenty-four-hour call shift?
    • What are the personality quirks of doctors who practise different specialties?

    There are few books that give an insider’s view of the fascinating and sometimes strange rituals and protocols of the operating room, as well as the people who work there.

    Written by a doctor on the O.R. team, Operating Room Confidential is based on real people and actual incidents, and takes the reader on a journey that unveils the way the hospital works in an accessible, conversational style, without intimidating medical jargon. Insightful and funny, this is a must-read for the curiosity seeker and anyone who has been or will be on the operating room table.

  • Paul Whang MD FRCP is a Staff Anaesthetist at a busy urban hospital in Toronto, ON. As an anaesthetist, he works alongside all the surgeons and nurses as a key member of the O.R. team. He also consults with numerous hospital specialists, who follow patients before and after their operations. Amongst his colleagues, he is known for his easygoing personality, irreverent sense of humour, and as a keen observer of the human condition.

  • Published: April 2010

    ISBN: 9781550229189

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 in.

    Pages: 208


Operating Room Confidential is an engrossing and honest portrait of what goes on behind closed doors, both the good and bad, and I would recommend it to anybody who's ever been curious about the innermost workings of a hospital.” — Leafing Through Life

“Fact-filled, poignant, and funny.” — Booklist

“Eye-opening and full of personality.” — Scene Magazine

“If you're a fan of medical drama shows like ER, Grey's Anatomy or House, then Operating Room Confidential is a must read! Dr. Paul Whang gives the reader an insightful look at what goes on in the operating room.” — Book Vixen

“If you enjoy workplace anecdotes, you'll enjoy Operating Room Confidential . . . It contains roughly equal measures of anecdotes and advice, a 21st century turn on the spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down.” Waterloo Region Record

“Much of this book is comforting stuff. Just don't dwell on the fact that the gases in the gut have been known to ignite during surgery. Pick of the week.” — Sydney Herald