Synopses & Reviews
Tony Youn grew up up one of two Asian-American kids in a small town of near wall-to-wall whiteness. Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke-bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a protruding jaw that one day began to grow, expanding Pinocchio-like, protruding to an unthinkable, monstrous size. After high school graduation, while other seniors partied at the shore or explored Europe, Youn lay strapped in an oral surgeon's chair as he broke his jaw, then reset it and wired it shut for six weeks.
Ironically, it was this brutal makeover that led him to his life's calling — and the four years of angst, flubs, triumphs, non-stop studying and intermittent heavy drinking that eventually earned him an M.D. Thanks to a small circle of close friends and an obsessive drive to overachieve, Youn transformed from a shy, skinny, awkward nerd with no confidence and no clue into a renowned and successful plastic surgeon.
In Stitches is a heartfelt, candid, and laugh-out-loud memoir of one man's bumpy road to becoming a doctor and learning to be comfortable in his own skin.
"In his first book Youn looks back from the cushy perspective of the plastic surgeon at his transformation, letting readers in on a secret: it wasn't easy. Young Youn was an outcast, an 'Asian American...in near wall-to-wall whiteness'; his adolescence was an accumulation of sour moments eventually leading to medicine. But the journey, as Youn describes it, is hilarious. A dedicated student, he spends much of his time with his roommates in the 'nerd room.' He practices sutures on pig's feet and chicken breasts. His roommates tutor him in matters of love and lust. Only two hours into his very first rotation, Youn loses his first patient; 'Patients die. Get used to it. This is a hospital,' the attending barks at him. As Youn moves through specialty rotations, agonizing over what to select, his father urges him to make the right choice: pediatrics, for instance, means a life of 'tiny people, tiny dollah!' Ironically, it's a night during Youn's Peds rotation that changed the course of his life. Youn's description of his journey from high-school outcast to rock star plastic surgeon is full of fascinating stories and laced with self-deprecating humor in the midst of dark desperation, providing a refreshing insight into medicine.
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"Dr. Youn is a frequent guest on my show, and I can say without a doubt that he's a cut above the rest." Rachael Ray
"Surprisingly warm and unquestionably witty, In Stitches is a riveting look at the sacrifice it takes to become a premiere plastic surgeon. In a world where physicians can be almost god-like, Dr. Tony's not afraid to show us his heart, his humor, and his humanity. I adored In Stitches and even though I'm not ready to book Dr. Tony for a face-lift, I'd sure like to call him for lunch." New York Times-bestselling author Jen Lancaster
"Tony Youn traces his success to a stern Korean father and his own fanatical work ethic — but the real secret is his fabulous sense of humor. If you're contemplating medical school, you'll need three things: resilience, caffeine, and In Stitches — a raucously funny and genuinely affecting account of what becoming a doctor is really like." Audrey Young, M.D., author of What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey
Scrubs meets David Sedaris in this hilarious fish-out-of-water memoir about a young Korean-American nerd turned renowned plastic surgeon.
About the Author
Dr. Anthony Youn is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Youn has authored or co-authored several papers and scientific manuscripts on plastic surgery, including such procedures as the Volumetric Facelift and Facial Reshaping. In addition, throughout his career he has conducted scientific research on a variety of topics, extending from cosmetic surgery, to laser treatments, to reconstructive trauma surgery, to HIV medications. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Plastic Surgery Products Magazine.