A Surgeon's Odyssey.
A Surgeon's Odyssey
Richard Moss, MD
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781480859517, $32.71, HC, 386pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Dr. Richard Moss is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon in private practice in Jasper, Indiana since 1991. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and was board certified in 1986. He is also a columnist, businessman, and local investor. Between 1987-1990, Dr. Moss traveled extensively through Asia while working as a cancer surgeon in four different countries including Thailand, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
While his work in Asia was voluntary, his 'real world' compensation was in the rich, fascinating, and, often bizarre experiences he had both as a surgeon and wanderer.
Based on this three-year excursion, "A Surgeon's Odyssey" delves into the true-to-life adventures, struggles, and quandaries of a young surgeon from humble beginnings who found himself in a strange and tragic but beautiful world, striving to save those suffering from horrifying disease under hellish circumstances. In this memoir, Dr. Moss shares his story that includes insights into life, other cultures and religions, and the tragedy of intolerable disease amidst destitution and scarcity.
Essentially, "A Surgeon's Odyssey" tells of a young man's decision to forgo comfort and financial security for the adventure of a lifetime, pitting himself against the specter of overwhelming suffering and illness. It narrates the unique journey of a cancer surgeon who, against conventional wisdom, embarked on a pilgrimage of healing and experienced surgical triumphs and setbacks amidst some of the most beguiling and fascinating cultures in the world.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A Surgeon's Odyssey" is an inherently fascinating read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Surgeon's Odyssey" is also available in a paperback edition (9781480859524, $17.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).