Saturday, October 8, 2016

Lone Star Book Blog Tours Presents: Hurt by Catherine Musemeche, M.D.

HURT The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care by Catherine Musemeche, M.D.
Genre: Medicine / Medical History
Date of Publication: September 6, 2016
Publisher: ForeEdge
# of pages: 268

The heroic story of the invention of trauma care, from battlefield triage to level 1 trauma centers

Trauma is a disease of epidemic proportions that preys on the young, killing more Americans up to age thirty-seven than all other afflictions combined. Every year an estimated 2.8 million people are hospitalized for injuries and more than 180,000 people die.
We take for granted that no matter how or where we are injured, someone will call 911 and trained first responders will show up to insert IVs, stop the bleeding, and swiftly deliver us to a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses with the expertise necessary to save our lives. None of this happened on its own.
Told through the eyes of a surgeon who has flown on rescue helicopters, resuscitated patients in trauma centers in Houston and Chicago, and operated on hundreds of trauma victims of all ages, Hurt takes us on a tour of the advancements in injury treatment from the battlefields of the Civil War to the state-of-the-art trauma centers of today.
"Musemeche’s fast-paced medical history mixes the gritty reality of treating life-threatening injuries—including her own heart-pounding experiences as surgeon—with an unfettered optimism about what trauma care can now promise: an assurance that most people will survive even a devastating injury.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Hurt is a fascinating journey through the history of trauma care in this country. Musemeche's unique ability to weave moving, personal stories with intriguing facts takes this book well beyond a great read. It is an education in the human spirit.” —Paul Ruggieri, MD, author of Confessions of a Surgeon and The Cost of Cutting

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Author Interview 2: Catherine Musemeche

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved tracing the history of trauma care back to passionate and dedicated heroes who made our world safer.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive?
Keep your creative side and your inner critic separate or they will fight with each other the whole time you’re trying to get something on the page.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?
I have always had a day job so writing is a part-time occupation. My work as a physician has definitely informed my writing as I have an insider’s view to the inner workings of the operating room, hospitals and medical care in general.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
I have heavily mined my experiences as a pre-med student, medical student, resident and pediatric surgeon in my writing.  Almost everything I write starts with an experience I had as a physician. My first book, SMALL, was a history of caring for the tiniest humans alive.

What do you like to read in your free time?
I read almost exclusively nonfiction of the Erik Larson variety.

What projects are you working on at the present?
I am working on story about a woman surgeon (not me) who struggles to get her foot in the door of surgery but ultimately makes a huge impact.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Joan Didion is one of those writers who can distill emotions and experiences into simple but powerful observations, especially in The Year of Magical Thinking.

What inspired you to write HURT?
We are lucky to live in a time when we have access to amazing trauma care. The story of how we got there is fraught with battles fought by genuine heroes all of whom in his or her own way made our world a safer place.  I wanted to tell this story.

    Dr. Catherine Musemeche is a pediatric surgeon, attorney and author who lives in Austin, Texas. She was born and raised in Orange, Texas and attended Lutcher Stark High School. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, The Anderson School of Management in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Dr. Musemeche is a former surgery professor at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute and the University of New Mexico where she was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma. She currently works in the field of regulatory medicine.
             In addition to publishing extensively in the medical literature, Dr. Musemeche has been a guest contributor to the New York Times. Her writing has also been published on,, in the anthology At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die and in the Journal of Creative Nonfiction.  Her first book, Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery was nominated for the Pen American/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award and was awarded the Writer’s League of Texas Discovery Prize for nonfiction. Her second book, Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care will be published in September of this year.
Check out the other great blogs on the tour! 

Guest Post #1
Excerpt #1
Author Interview #1
Guest Post #2
Excerpt #2
Author Interview #2
Guest Post #3

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