Tell Me Where It Hurts

Tell Me Where It Hurts

A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as An Animal Surgeon

Book - 2008
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It’s 2:47 a.m. when Dr. Nick Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Sage, a ten-year old German shepherd, will die without emergency surgery for a serious stomach condition. Over the next twenty-four hours Dr. Trout fights for Sage’s life, battles disease in the operating room, unravels tricky diagnoses, reassures frantic pet parents, and reflects on the humor, heartache, and inspiration in his life as an animal surgeon. And he wants to take you along for the ride.…

From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarian’s office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

You’ll learn about the amazing progress of modern animal medicine, where organ transplants, joint replacements, and state-of-the-art cancer treatments have become more and more common. With these technological advances come controversies and complexities that Dr. Trout thoughtfully explores, such as how long (and at what cost) treatments should be given, how the Internet has changed pet care, and the rise in cosmetic surgery.

You’ll also be inspired by the heartwarming stories of struggle and survival filling these pages. With a wry and winning tone, Dr. Trout offers up hilarious and delightful anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners. In total, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a fascinating portrait of the comedy and drama, complexities and rewards involved with loving and healing animals.

Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriot’s day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If you’ve ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout’s irresistible book is for you.

Baker & Taylor
A fascinating, heartwarming odyssey inside the world of modern-day veterinary medicine offers an insider's perpective on twenty-four hours in his career as a veterinary surgeon as he offers engaging anecdotes about pets and their owners and the unique blend of cutting-edge technology, old-fashioned instinct, and caring that comprise veterinary medicine today. 40,000 first printing.

& Taylor

A veterinary surgeon offers his perspective on a typical day in his life, presenting anecdotes about pets and their owners and the unique blend of cutting-edge technology, old-fashioned instinct, and caring that comprise veterinary medicine today.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767926430
Branch Call Number: 636.0897 TRO
Characteristics: x, 286 p. ;,25 cm.


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Feb 11, 2016

Actually I would give this ten stars. If you only read one book of Nick Trout's, this is the one. It give an insider's view of an extremely competent, caring and erudite Vet, treating not on "the patient" but the owner and the budding interns around him all I can say is, WOW.

Jan 31, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It is quite different from Herriot's books (although both were set in Great Britain) as Herriot was a country vet who wrote about a time when antibiotics were just coming into use and where he saw a lot of large animals and got to know their owners very well. Trout is a modern animal surgeon, writing by his experiences in the first decade of the 21st century, where he mainly deals with cats and dogs and some other unusual small animals.

I learned a lot about how much veterinary medicine has improved and, therefore, why it is more expensive now to take my dog to the vet than it was 10 or 15 years ago. I also learned how much one much love to take care of animals to become a vet as the renumeration is not great and (esp for a surgeon) the hours can be quite long.

The author takes a number of events in his practice and puts stories about them as asides as he goes through 24 hours in one busy day of work. I wasn't sure it would "work" when I read the introduction, but it fell into place well.

Apr 10, 2013

An eye-opening look into the day of a veterinarian. It is touching and unflinching, in turn.

Jan 02, 2012

Its 2:47am when Dr. Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center …..

this sentence starts off another journey into the life of Dr. Nick Trout. It’s a humorous, compassionate and sometimes sad novel of the day to day dealings in the life of a veterinarian surgeon. I found it not only very educational but also interesting and a definite read for anyone who is an animal lover. I came away feeling I knew a bit more about the workings of behind the scenes at an animal hospital. It certainly isn’t filled with sweet little stories but of true facts and sometimes gruesome detail but don’t let that deter you from picking up this wonderful novel.

bookfanatic1979 Jul 17, 2011

I was expecting James Herriot. What I got were a few short case histories sandwiched between long sidetracking diatribes about completely irrelevant topics. Oh, and a note to the pathetic excuse of an editor who proof-read this train wreck of errors: Distraught owners “bawl” their eyes out; they don’t “ball” them out (at least not in public). Crazy dogs “wreak” havoc, they don’t “reek” it. And to the best of my knowledge, it is not possible to “peak” inside an animal. You may want to “peek” inside instead. Jeez.

Feb 21, 2011

Like James Harriott for small animals

Jun 04, 2010

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Nick Trout gives readers an insight into the side of the animal health industry that pet owners (sorry, I refuse to call us pet "parents") don't often understand very well. He treats his patients and their owners with respect, the latest medical technology and good old-fashioned know-how and evokes tears and laughter in doing it. His writing is occasionally a bit stiff and he jumps around a bit - he'll start a story then jump back into the past to describe some earlier event that has bearing on the current one, then back to the current event - but this is still a very enjoyable book

Apr 23, 2010

A fantastic read about some of the episodes in a surgical vet's life. It does jump around a bit, and is more focused on dogs than cats (and of course, their owners). Really interesting for those considering a veterinary career, those involved with animal rescue/care, and those who own animals. And especially if you like veterinary medical procedures but don't get to see them, there are some good anecdotes.

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