If I ever need surgery, I want someone like Richard Seltzer to be my surgeon. His essays reflect a real concern for patients as human beings, and an impulse toward kindness over judgments about a Gave this book as a present to the doctor that did corrective surgery on my ears; it proves a testament to doctors everywhere who are willing to accept and even revel in the world that is surgery in all its art and expense. After an internship at Yale, he was drafted into the Army and served as a lieutenant in Korea from to

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Richard Selzer, a surgeon who turned his operating-room experiences into fictional stories that blended the gore, the beauty and the absurdity of modern medicine, died on Wednesday in North Branford, Conn. He was Selzer gave up medicine and turned to writing full time when he was Selzer delighted in the language of medicine as much as the practice of it. His stories were seasoned with multisyllabic medical terms necrosis, enucleation, cyanosis as well as words that have different connotations when used by doctors than when used by patients.

If Dr. Selzer could not find the word he wanted in the dictionary, he made it up. The imagery is baroque, full of metaphors and similes. With his high-pitched, airy voice, he would give readings at universities, often to medical students, encouraging many of them to try writing fiction. He admitted that even his nonfiction often stretched the truth.

He said later that the line always drew a laugh. After an internship at Yale, he was drafted into the Army and served as lieutenant in Korea from to He finished his surgical residency at Yale in and practiced until , when he left his medical career to write full time.

Besides his wife of 61 years, his survivors include a daughter, Gretchen Lehman; two sons, Larry and Jonathan; and seven grandchildren. He lived in North Branford. Selzer once said. I think I was attracted to the horrific. He left Bellagio after one week to move into a monastery, which he found more conducive to writing. Selzer said in an interview for this obituary. However, his wife quickly reminded him, he had already promised to donate his body to Yale.

His wife, Janet, confirmed his death. Home Page World U.


Richard Selzer, Who Fictionalized Medicine’s Absurdity and Gore, Dies at 87

Colleague's E-mail is Invalid. Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague. Save my selection. Burr is assistant dean for student financial planning, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio; burrda ucmail. Richard Selzer is one of the most prolific physician writers of our time. Many of his short stories stem from his career in surgery, a medical field rife with dramatic moments. Surgeons usually confront a clearly defined problem.


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Medicine and the Arts. Imelda [Excerpt] by Richard Selzer. Commentary

These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Tomorrow you are an intern. You will work both night and day. An intern, like a poet, is at the disposal of his night. Richard Selzer informs the young surgeon interns about want it takes to be an intern.


Colleague's E-mail is Invalid. Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague. Save my selection. Reprinted with permission from Dr. Richard Selzer. Selzer is a retired general surgeon and the author of 15 collections of stories, essays, memoirs, and diaries, many of which have to do with medicine.

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