- Tapa blanda: 260 páginas
- Editor: Outskirts Press (19 de mayo de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1478711981
- ISBN-13: 978-1478711988
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Unexpected: Peak Experiences Along the Road Less Traveled (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 may 2013
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UNEXPECTED is the memoir of a totally unpredictable life. The author, a medical doctor with a bachelor's degree from Princeton, found himself in a world that he could not have foreseen. He got caught up in the turmoil of the 1960s, dealing with the military draft, and being sent to Vietnam as an "obligated volunteer." But this was only the beginning of a subsequent lifetime of twists and turns that he could not have dreamed would ever happen. It was like living many lifetimes in the space of one lifespan. The author records his many peak experiences in first-person essays that not only capture the flavor of the times but also the feeling of actually being there, whether jumping out of airplanes, briefing the top general of a major South American country, or having a number of near-death experiences. Not all the vignettes concern such adrenaline-stimulating episodes; others cover such sublime experiences as hooking a sailfish in the Sea of Cortez or restoring - and subsequently living in - a stone cottage in southwest France. The essays are grouped by subject matter but can be read in any order because each is a standalone. They start with the jeremiad "Why I Hated Princeton" and end with the coda "Time and Chance." They strike the book's major theme - wisdom, or lack of it. The groupings themselves start with "Beneath the White Coat," which deals with the often shocking realities of the world of medicine. The vignettes provide glimpses that alternate between being heart rending and heartwarming. "Join the Army and..." is more than just a recruiting poster's advertising claim. Join the author as he whisks you to such places as northern Alaska in the wintertime, Saudi Arabia in the summertime, and the jungles of Brazil. The genesis of the book was the collection of memories the author had about his "Brushes With Death." These were the most poignant memories of his life. They were so deeply etched in his mind that there was little difficulty in retrieving them after de
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Allen Masters was born and raised in southwest Ohio. He attended Princeton and U. Calif. San Francisco medical school, with his residency training aimed at plastic surgery. His plans were interrupted by the Vietnam War, and Masters made the Army a career. He joined the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and specialized in preventive medicine/public health. After retiring from the Army, Masters became the head of the health department in Tacoma, Washington. He also authored or co-authored 40 professional publications and a book: Skin Diseases in Vietnam, 1965-72. He now alternates between living in his stone cottage in France and his home in Monterey, California.
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Born in Ohio,he attended an East Coast prep school followed by Princeton. He received a medical degree and undertook a surgical residency at the University of California - San Francisco. As the Vietnam War heated up, Masters became a Captain in the Army Medical Corps commanding the first of its kind medical intelligence unit. He had repeated world-wide biomedical reseserch assignments mixed post graduate study. This included return to Vietnam to investigate health issues experienced by combat units under fire. As I briefly worked with then Captain Masters in his medical intelligence days, I was particularly interested in his very accurate accounts of that atypical experience.
Masters emerged as a unique "soldier - physician" qualifying as a Special Forces paratrooper and one of the Army's top consultants and leaders in preventive medicine. Retiring as a full Colonel, Masters moved on to an event-filled second career as Director the public health department in Tacoma Washington where he confronted a whole new array of often daunting challenges.
This book is an "easy read" creatively organized in thematic sections, each one capable of standing on its own, which is very helpful in keeping the various accounts in context. Situations are explored in a "matter of fact" way demonstrating the author's obvious high intellect, social IQ and sense of humor. The result is a refreshing book of particular interest to leaders, managers, and administrators, to name a few. Those interested in military matters should also find it enlightening, The content as thoughtfully organized, would make excellent academic case studies in a number of fields. I enjoyed it so much that I read it twice and am giving it to friends as Christmas presents
Masters compliments generously and criticizes unabashedly. His candid observations, bold actions and practical reactions to life's vagaries are amusing and enlightening. One feels privileged to be taken into his mind and world. Upon finishing the reading of his memoir, my only question for him is: Where will you take us next? I hope he continues to write and to share more of his life with us.
Having received a gift copy of Dr. Allen Masters' marvelous book, Unexpected, Peak Experiences Along the Road Less Traveled, I decided to publish a review based upon my thorough enjoyment of this read. Dr. Allen Masters has published an authoritative and very tactfully written account about a dedicated physician's life experiences, for which I am indeed proud to offer my review. By artfully describing some of his most memorable encounters from the time of his early medical training at UCSF School of Medicine, military assignments, civilian responsibilities and lastly retirement, he has exposed what doctors learn the hard-way, by taking care of their patients. Doctors assume a primary responsibility to be the patient's best advocate.
Dr. Masters has shown through selections of vignettes about his professional assignments that he rose above the bureaucracies of big academic and military institutions by making sound judgments and using common sense in solving the problems of each day. Life circumstances arrived daily and were usually "Unexpected." A wise individual makes adjustments to daily challenges and mysteries. It should be no other way.
Dr. Masters showed the great depth of his professional knowledge of tropical medicine and dermatologic infections that befell our troops in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. He is very well published as an Internationally recognized authority and teacher of Preventive Medicine. Lessons from his experiences should be learned well.
I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter of this book, which reminded me of many of my own encounters. Dr. Masters' explanations about his experiences were refreshing and bold. This was a delightful and insightful read of the complexities of the medical world!
Robert S. Sherins, MD