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Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs It looked for a while like Mike Collins would spend his life breaking concrete and throwing rocks for the Vittorio Scalese Construction Company. He liked the work and he liked the pay. But a chance remark by one of his coworkers made him realize that he wanted to involve himself in something bigger, something more meaningful than crushing rocks and drinking beer.

In his acclaimed first memoir, Hot Lights, Cold Steel, Collins wrote passionately about his experiences as a surgical resident at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs turns back the clock, taking readers from his days as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, expertly infusing his journey to become a doctor with humanity, compassion and humor. From the first time he delivers a baby to being surrounded by death and pain on a daily basis, Collins compellingly writes about how medicine makes him confront, in a very deep and personal way, the nature of God and suffering—and how delicate life can be.

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St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, May 2009, ISBN-13: 9780312532932
St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, May 2010, ISBN-13: 9780312610913


#2 on the Chicago area independent bookstores hardcover nonfiction bestseller list!

"Collins has a superb ear for dialogue, and his breezy style makes his world spring to life. What lingers, though, is the humanity."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"Collins has a poet's soul, whether describing the sunrise through a laborer's eyes, or what it means to be human through a physicians... literary talent produces this fast-paced memoir filled with easy, unforced dialogue and authentic characters from all walks fo life."

"Collins' gritty memoir traces his journey from a grimy construction pit to the hallowed halls of medicine. An engaging read—and a valuable reminder that doctors come from all walks of life."
   —Sandeep Jauhar, author of Intern: A Doctor's Initiation

"Michael Collins' first book about his surgical training was a marvel for the way the powerful yet unadorned prose pulled you into a thrilling experience; now he brings that same magic to an earlier and perhaps even more interesting chapter of his life: medical school and the years preceding. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs is a gripping, humane, humorous and an enlightening read."
   —Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone