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  • By Judith Hand
    Jan 1, 2009
    "Be entertained, amused, and touched" It's a delight to recommend Dr. Barry Friedman's "That's Life: It's Sexually Transmitted and Terminal." The tongue-in-cheek, witty title perfectly reflects the spirit of this extraordinary collection of stories from the life of a man with a keen eye for human foibles and a deeply humanitarian spirit. You'll be dropped into the technology and practice of the surgeon in the mid-1900s. You'll be treated to fascinating episodes from his days in medical school, aboard a Navy ship during WWII, as a volunteer in tumultous Israel, and in the private practice of an orthopedic surgeon. You'll laugh out loud, feel deeply touched by tragedies, and for those of us old enough to remember those years, be reminded about how much the practice of medicine and life in general has changed. Each story is a unique, delightful treat from the chocolate box of life.
  • By David Finkel
    Aug 23, 2008
    "Doctor's Orders: Laugh, Cry, Enjoy This Book!" I have read several of the good Doctor's fiction books (very enjoyable reading, I might add) so when I saw that he had published a new non-fiction book (okay, maybe slightly embellished by his own admission on the back cover), I knew I had to purchase it. What a delight! The reader is given a front row seat peering into the inner sanctum of Barry Friedman, Orthopaedic Surgeon, as he traverses life. We get to experience through his eyes and wonderfully descriptive memories just what it was like going from wet behind the ears medical student at NYU, to Navy Doctor serving in the Pacific during World War II, and finally to daily life experiences in private practice. Most of the "vignettes" as he refers to them, are humorous, some are sad, but all of them well-written, insightful and a true pleasure to read. Did you ever want to know what the doctor is really thinking during your exam? You might be surprised when you... More > read that what he says and what he's thinking are quite different indeed. In addition to its assortment of stories which stimulate the reader's "funny bone", That's Life: It's Sexually Transmitted and Terminal touches our hearts with tales of caring and compassion, heroics and valor, as we get a glimpse of a physician who has dealt with life, death and a war that most of us never have nor never will know the likes of. This book was such an enjoyable reading experience I hope the good doctor has another one like this coming, because for this reader, That's Life: It's Sexually Transmitted and Terminal is just what the doctor ordered! Highly recommended.< Less
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Barry Friedman
August 22, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.92 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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