Book Review: Trauma Room Two – Philip Allen Green, MD


3 stars

Title: Trauma Room Two
Author: Philip Allen Green
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication date: September 10th 2015
Genre: Nonfiction


In every hospital emergency department there is a room reserved for trauma. It is a place where life and death meet. A place where some families celebrate the most improbable of victories while others face the most devastating of losses. A place where what matters the most in this life is revealed.

Trauma Room Two is just such a place.

In this collection of short stories, Dr. Green takes the reader inside the hidden emotional landscape of emergency medicine. Based on fifteen years of experience as an ER physician, he reveals the profound moments that often occur in emergency rooms for patients, their families, and the staff that work there.


Actual rating: 3.5 stars

At first I wanted to give this book a 4 or 5 star rating. I always have this feeling with nonfiction books. I would give them stars just for being brave enough to write and publish a book about their own lives. Often they are worth 4 or 5 stars. But after I did some thinking on Trauma room 2, I decided that this book just wasn’t worth it. It is not a bad book, I would still call it a good book. And it is a nice book to read that I would recommend to anyone. But I just had some issues with it.

First, let’s talk about what I liked about Trauma room 2.
It got emotional. I never felt like it was written by an analytical mind who saw numbers in everyone (we all know doctors like that). This book is written by a human being. The first story had me in tears. It got personal. He didn’t shy away from talking about his fears or his family. He talked about how hard his job mentally is, and that at times he just wants to quit and leave everything at the hospital behind.

On the other hand one of the things that bothered me was that is felt like this book was written by a frustrated man who just needed to write his stories down or otherwise would explode. I think some stories were purely written out of frustration. It can be a good reason to write a book and I hope it’s a way for him to cope with what he sees every day. But it is not the kind of books I particularly enjoy.
The other thing that bothered me was that the book was short. He says in the book that he has numerous examples and stories. But the book is only just over 150 pages long.

I still conclude that this is a good book to read and I enjoyed it. But It just had some faults.


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