Wildly Funny Look at the Demands of a Busy Hospital’s Residency Program in New Novel

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“Straightjacket”, a new novel by Richard E. Sall, MD, is the hilarious, fast-paced medical drama detailing the coming of age process for a young surgeon. Join the chaos at Detroit’s General Hospital as one hopeful surgical resident skillfully maneuvers a demanding residency program.

“Straightjacket”, a new novel by Richard E. Sall, MD, is the hilarious, fast-paced medical drama detailing the coming of age process for a young surgeon. Join the chaos at Detroit’s General Hospital as one hopeful surgical resident skillfully maneuvers a demanding residency program.

The incredible pressure experienced during this painful ‘rite of passage’ is a carryover from the old days where new surgeons had to prove their self-worth.

Having experienced a deeply rigorous surgical residency program, and becoming board certified in both medicine and surgery, Richard E. Sall MD has undergone almost every aspect of the medical delivery system and was fully equipped to write his novel “Straightjacket” (ISBN 1419630547). With a huge dose of humor and sarcasm, Sall will have readers on the edge of their seats in laughter as he details the funny and quirky nature of human behavior and what can really go on behind the doors of a big city hospital.

Joe Grady, a surgery resident in the last month of his long training program, refuses to comply with hospital politics and becomes rivals with the hospital administrator. Always putting the welfare of his patients first, Grady faces serious consequences as the administrator is intent on punishing him for his non-compliance. An impossible surgery schedule ensues as Grady is faced with the threat of loosing his residency certificate and career. As if this wasn’t enough, Grady’s budding romance with a nurse who has a demented mother, and a possible serial killer running loose in the halls of Detroit General add to the high drama that culminate in an all out struggle for survival as Grady’s last 30 days near the end.

With an unflinching willingness to share the craziness that can go on behind the doors of a busy hospital, “Straightjacket” is an insightful story about hope, love, healing, and the appallingly high cost of medicine. Sall riffs on everything from malpractice to HMOs to intelligent design and even God - but his real target is the second-tier caregivers that hospitals hire to cut corners, and the dumbing down of the industry. With a big-screen quality storyline, this clever and engaging medical drama is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Richard E. Sall, MD, originally from Detroit, now resides with his wife in central California. A General Surgeon with a full time medical practice specializing in Occupational Medicine, Sall began his writing pursuits in 2001, and has published two nonfiction books: “Strategies in Workers' Compensation,” and “Behind the Union Curtain.” His third book and first novel “Straightjacket” (ISBN 1419630547) can be purchased at online bookstores. For more information, go to http://www.occmedcentral.com.

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