Thursday, May 12, 2011

the hometown crew

The book event in NYC last night was...well, take a look.

The event was awesome.  I was a little concerned about attendance beforehand, because it was a Wednesday, and a little early for some people getting off work, maybe a little late for others.  But the turnout was fantastic, we pretty much sold out all the books in stock, and the discussion afterwards was really good.  Thanks for coming out, New York!

(Philly, are we going to be having some fun too?  Come on then!  I'm a little anxious about Philly because it's the city that I begged to have added to the tour but also the only city where I've never actually lived or gone to school.  But Philly is such a great medical town and so close by that I just couldn't image passing up the opportunity to meet some of you in person.  So...see you tomorrow?  And bring your friends!  All 500 of them!)

Before the book event I swung up to Washington Heights to visit with some folks and visit the med school.  You know what?  It's exactly the same.  Kind of grim, kind of imposing, with a lot of people in white coats walking around.  Feels like I never left.

I would have taken more pictures but there were so many people walking around that I probably would have gotten plowed down if I tried.  Luckily, some assiduous readers helped me out with this one:

(Thanks, Valerie L.!)

Anyway, I'll be heading to Philly tomorrow, where I'll be spending some time with my old friend Tammy, who has the distinction of being the person who convinced me to switch from Peds to Anesthesia in the first place.  We're going to the famed Mutter Museum (of Medical Marvels?) before the book event that evening, and if you don't think I will live-Tweet that shit, then obviously you don't know me at all.

Finally, a few more pictures of the book out in the wild.  Thanks to everyone for sending them in, I can't fit them all in this entry, but I picked a handful that were fun.

In honor of the first scene in the book, which some of the morning radio interviewers from today laughingly said they deliberately avoided talking about in great depth (heh) in case some of their listeners were still eating breakfast.  Thanks, Sangeetha!

Here we are, atop the CN building in Toronto, which is apparently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  Lofty!  By the way, reminds me of this: On Old Olympus's Tower Tops, A Finn and German Vied At Hopps.  Quick, what is this mnemonic for?  And why do I still remember it?  Ah, the sticky and sometimes random power of memory.  (To be clear, yes, I do still kind of need to know this, and the mnemonic helps.)

Monkey see one, monkey do one.  Now we just need a shot of the monkey teaching some other monkey how to suture banans.  IT'S THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.

Finally, this last one (thanks Mingle!) is for Cal and Mack, who both LOVE "Angry Birds," which Cal can play with some skill, although Mack mainly just slingshots most of his birds backwards or straight into the ground. Which is a good segue to point out that the book is available in all e-book formats now!  Instant gratification, ho!

Thanks, everyone.  See you tomorrow in Philly, and then on Monday in Cambridge.  Surely there will be some sort of yard nearby in which to park your car.


  1. Marieke1:50 PM

    The mnemonic is for the cranial nerves.. (also the "dirty" version is Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Virgin Girls' Vaginas And Hymen). I learned it in nursing school ;)

  2. Cranial nerves. Alas, I only know because I remember the WAY more obscene version, Oh, oh, oh, to touch and feel...

  3. Were your proud parents there? :)

  4. medrecgal8:33 PM

    Put me in the proud group who will be able to sit down and start reading this weekend...the book finally came in the mail today, and I can't wait to see what it's all about!

  5. Phyllis9:30 PM

    Loved your book. Hey, Chicago is a great medical town. We have Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where I had my spinal fusion and decompression. Great neurosurgeon, orthopaedic surgeon and anesthesiologist. When she asked me if I drink, I said not before the night before surgery and she said, well I would have. Loved her. We also have Rush Medical Center, Loyola, etc. You need to add Chicago to your book tour. Your kids are adorable, and this is coming from someone who doesn't really like kids. You are Super Woman!

  6. PedsNP9:56 PM

    Oh, oh, oh... that terrible mnemonic. That's a little piece of my innocence I lost the day I learned that in anatomy. Of course, it works because I still remember it 15 years later.

  7. chello3:35 AM

    CRANIAL NERVES! I remember the Oh, Oh, Oh version best because it goes with another little mmemonic: Some Say Money Matters But My Brother Says Big Boobs Matter More! S of course standing for Sensory, M for Motor and B for Both.

  8. I. GOT. YOUR. BOOK. TODAY! In Melbourne, Australia!


  9. Anonymous7:33 AM

    got my book in darwin, australia yesterday. now for some photo fun!

  10. Anonymous10:57 PM

    Nice photos! Especially the CN Tower one since I'm from Canada. We'll love for you to come to Toronto for a reading!