We Were Cowboys
About the Book
The American cowboy speaks of a bygone era when these Old West icons represented personal initiative, diligence, and industry. Coincidentally, surgical students of the fifties and sixties were in many ways similar to the American cowboy as they diagnosed and treated conditions and diseases they had never before seen such as gonorrhea, gunshot, and stab wounds. In a fascinating memoir filled with entertaining personal anecdotes, Dr. John Lee details his passage from a middle-class Irish Chicago neighborhood into the frenzied, pre-Institutional Review Board days of physicians’ training as determined students pursued their dreams, driven by personal initiative and, at times, grueling study habits. During a period when young surgeons enjoyed freedoms that helped define an era in medicine, Dr. Lee shares a rare glimpse into his daily routine as he built bonds with fellow students, found humor amid challenges, and cared for a variety of patients, all while riding the ups and downs of life as a surgical cowboy. We Were Cowboys shares the true story of a medical intern’s experiences as he endured the rigors of surgical training in the mid-twentieth century.
About the Author
John Lee is Chicago born and educated. He trained in vascular surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, was the first fellowship trained surgeon on Florida’s west coast, and worked as a locum tenens, traveling to hospitals nationwide until an auto accident ended his career. Dr. Lee is the father of nine and author of scientific papers, a memoir, and several short stories. He resides in Sarasota, Florida.