Tell Me Where it Hurts by Dr. Nick Trout
A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

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Ruminations on organ transplants, quality of life and euthanasia make for compelling reading even as his remarkable patients remain center stage.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Dr. Nick Trout

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Nick Trout is a staff surgeon at the Angell Animal Medical Center and lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published March 11, 2008 by Broadway Books. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on May 20 2015

Trout brings up some interesting ethical issues, but readers looking for a heart-warmer will be bored by these tangents, and intellectuals will feel belittled by the tongue-in-cheek prose and frenetic pacing.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 09 2015

...in some of the more heart rending stories, such as that of an older widowed man dealing with the potential loss of his shepherd companion, Sage, Trout shows his sensitivity to the fact that in each case, “The rewards and strength of the bonds with the animals in their lives proved irresistible, irrepressible, and more than worth the risk.”

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Mar 19 2015

Ruminations on organ transplants, quality of life and euthanasia make for compelling reading even as his remarkable patients remain center stage.

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Good
Reviewed by Daniel Menaker on Mar 10 2008

The best aspect of this book is its obvious understanding of and sympathy with pet owners’ love for their animals.

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The Bark

Above average
Reviewed by Patty Khuly on Dec 09 2015

In the end, Trout relies on his scathing humor and glorious British irreverence to pull out a surprisingly insightful, often hilarious take on himself, his profession, his colleagues, his clients and his patients —in that order.

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