“In Stitches” by Dr. Anthony Youn is an award-winning, best-selling memoir about medical school. Rated a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in medicine. In Stitches has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book! Publisher’s Weekly: In his first book Youn looks back from the cushy perspective of the plastic . Scrubs meets David Sedaris in this hilarious fish-out-of- water memoir about a young Korean-American nerd turned renowned plastic surgeon. Tony Youn grew .

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Developing a jaw deformity as a teenager, Youn undergoes a series of surgeries that we are led to believe have an eventual impact on his decision to become anthlny cosmetic surgeon.

The middle section seems more about his desperate attempts yooun date than about anything else. Youn deals with everything from a sadistic intern to prison psychos and everything in between. In summary, the main character is a first generation immigrant from Korea.

At the very least, I’d like to have a sense of the author’s self-awareness. In this book, I actually see a lot of myself in him. In summary, the main character is a first generation immigran “In Un, a book about plastic surgery and identity definitely changed my perspective on self-image. Our hands serve us as extensions of our minds and our hearts Feb 06, Judith K.

It’s about being comfortable with yourself.

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An overweight African-American boy. My favorite story in the book is about why he wanted to become a doctor and how his answer never strayed from the fact that he wanted to help people and get laid. There is truly a “Scrubs” type element when he writes about his internship and school years and it is amazing that anyone in this country ever becomes a doctor at all with all of the long hours they endure.


I’m well past that stage and even embarrassed to bring back those memories. He antony exactly sfitches to stop. This may have been because he was bitter about not getting any action, but the implications of his discussions about dating unattractive women in an effort to have sex just rubbed me the wrong way and made me feel a bit indisposed towards him.

I had no prior knowledge of his career, or even him until I picked up this book, but I found myself loving it.

In Stitches is the story of Youn also known as Tony and how he became a successful plastic surgeon. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This one is about a now famous plastic surgeon. Page Which brings me to another point — there is a decent nathony of swearing in this book.

yuon As an Asian American from a hardworking upper-middle class family with a father who works as a successful doctor, Youn is not exactly a kid from the other side of the tracks. Trivia About In Stitches. The attempts at humor and sarcasm were often too forced-sounding.

The in between lines were how Asians were treated or ignoredhow the dynamics of Asian vs. I have a child who wants to go to medical school when she grows up so this book kind of gave me an idea of what she would have to prepare for, both good and bad.

In Stitches by Anthony Youn

Stitxhes relates his experiences about being on call for days and how frazzled he was, and ultimately, he shares just what it was that made him decide to go into the field of plastic surgery. Youn makes it explicit that his Asian background and cultural heritage account largely for his feelings of being an outsider in a majority caucasian world. Many, many laugh out loud moments. It was almost as if there was an imperfect amalgamation between the two stories; one half-reflecting the same cares and woes that most teenage boys experience, and one half-filled with the exciting and fuel-laden drama of life as a medical student.


In Stitches: A Memoir

Read it for my reading group: His stories take you back to the pressures of being a kid and growing up not knowing what you were “suppose” to but what you had to do. After reading about his later experiences in med school, this is not far off.

There were missed opportunities to explore how a plastic surgeon feels about appearance and whether that gets distorted over the course of his training and career. If the whole book had been like this, it would’ve been a solid four stars. A funny and touching memoir that puts doctors in a new light. Anyway, so soon after reading This Won’t Hurt a Bit: One of the only books that I’ve ever read that captures both the humor and heart of medicine. My only critique was that I wish there was more about how his own journey with a bodily modification influenced his desire to become a plastic surgeon.

Jan 18, Kara rated it it was ok Shelves: Oct 22, DW rated it really liked it Shelves: Over all, Youn’s book is a chatty, breezy and lightweight read with a modicum of entertainment value. I applaud the author’s professional tenacity and his ability to create the life he always wanted, but Youn’s attempt at a memoir offers too little in terms of moving passages describing humanity’s many frailties, and too much of his sentimental and simplistic summing up of the world according to Anthony Youn.

Pam Anderson, eat your heart out.

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