The unique story of how a working class kid rises from being a “rockthrower” (as the author refers to himself) to a surgeon. The author’s insightful description of life as a manual laborer is just as interesting as that as his life as a medical student. Dr. Collins also raises some thought provoking issues regarding quality of life as regards the extension of life for terminal patients.
William Nolen’s classic “The Making of a Surgeon” (a very fine book) seems trivial by comparison. “Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs” is such an extremely well written and moving memoir one is left with the feeling that Dr. Collins must be a very fine surgeon as well. Highly recommended.