Reviews about Under The Drapes

After finishing my second book by Dr. David Gelber, my first thought was "I want to sit next to this guy at the next Medical Staff dinner".  I thoroughly enjoyed his first book, Behind the Mask , and Under the Drapes  was no certainly no dissappointment.  What did I learn?

  • The value of a proper patient interview instead of just a quick trip to CT
  • All bleeding stops... eventually?  (Humm, this is also relevant on the non-clinical side of healthcare.)
  • There is something to be said about wearing clean underwear... and realizing that your body adornments are likely to be noticed when you are being examined for signs of trauma
  • Yep!  Throwing instruments, belittling and berating staff, and ignoring patients and their families questions and concerns, are definitely uncool!
  • Some cases are disasters... and mistakes only make them worse.
  • A surgeon's dream: the "Surgery Pole"!  Think Marcus Welby and Batman... prepped for surgery in a second!
  • Attention inventors:  
  •    Razo-vac needed - a mini dust buster with built-in shaver!
  •    What about a thought-directed lightspeed operative field illuminator instead of those silly forehead flashlights that never seem to be aimed in the    right place.
  •    Health reform means physician incomes will go down, so consider new sources... like the medical office gift shop, lab coat advertising or internal tattoos!  The possibilities are endless when you use a little creativity!

Hopefully, you now realize why I want to sit next to Dr. Gelber at the next Medical Staff dinner.  He is thoughtful, compassionate, real ... and wildly funny!

Christina Thielst "Christina's Considerations"

Learned and Laughed

I have read Dr. Gelber's previous book allowing lay-people a look into the life of a surgeon ( Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them ) and I eagerly awaited this one. Both books are filled with inside information that any potential patient or caregiver can appreciate, but both books are also infused with Dr. Gelber's unique and wonderful sense of humor. In "Under the Drapes", Dr. Gelber takes us through various explanations of why someone ends up on his table, humorously and sometimes tragically. He gives us a list of crazy things people stuck inside their bodies to have them removed (a fav chapter, lol), and all of this is covered professionally and with a straight-forward style. Maybe that's why when Dr. Gelber brings in some of his humor toward the end of the book, his wit is so dry and dead-pan, that it seems real. Who else would speculate how a surgeon might treat a vampire or werewolf? Of course, the Zombie is the easiest since he is already dead... You get a lot for your money with this sneak peek into the life of a doctor. I hope there are more non-fiction books coming out of the doctor's head.

PS: I have read his science fiction books and thriller stories and I recommend them both as well. "Future Hope" has a VERY original storyline that you can not even imagine... Future Hope: ITP Book One

Ellen C. Maze on


This is the second book about surgery that Dr. Gelber has written, and this one was even better than the first one.

There is a wealth of information in here, and I don't just mean for people in the medical field, but for anyone who reads it. It's an intimate look at what goes on "behind the scenes" during surgery, with plenty of examples drawn from the author's own practice or that of his colleagues. It can be a bit jarring at first to jump right in, because there are many, many medical terms, but, with a glossary in the back, it quickly becomes fascinating to see what each of those words means.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter called "Disasters", mainly because of the honesty in the writing. The entire chapter is about medical cases that, for one reason or another, went wrong. The way that Dr. Gelber tells us about them, the sincerity in the way he describes what would have been a better procedure or better choice in hindsight, is worth the whole book.
That chapter is followed by some lighter ones, in which the author contemplates what it'd be like to treat superheroes like Superman or Spiderman, which is hilarious, and then another chapter on the surgical devices he'd like to create if reality and money wasn't an issue. Very amusing as well.

This is a fascinating book, and I highly recommend it. ***** 5 stars

V. Cano on

David’s Review

"Under the Drapes: More Mystique of Surgery" is my follow up book to "Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them". "Behind the Mask" took the reader into the head of the surgeon, examining the way surgeons think and how decisions are made before, during and after an operation. "Under the Drapes" reveals more about the reasons a patient may need an operation. The first part of the book looks at specific problems and medical conditions from the perspective of maintenance of normal body function. Chapters entitled "Flowing", "Leaks", "Stones", and several others present a variety of disease states that call for surgical intervention; anything that interferes with normal mechanical function of our bodies often calls for a surgeon to come and make repairs.

Later chapters look more at some of the remarkable, often unbelievable, things that patients may say or do in the course of their surgical treatment. And, the book would not be complete without some humorous commentary on the world of surgery.

"Under the Drapes" should provide an excellent supplement to "Behind the Mask" looking into the world of surgery from a new and different perspective, but still providing insights that are usually not available to readers who are not part of the everyday world of surgery.

David Gelber MD Author of “Under the Drapes: More Mystique of Surgery”

Step outside of your daily routine, take a look "under the drapes" of David Gelber and discover a world of passion, humor, sorrow, death and pain, but also a world of hope
Written in the exceptional skill we have come to admire of this author, "under the drapes" educates you and address patients' and doctor's concerns alike, the benign and the malignant, despair and hope and in my view, what it is to be human on either side of the operating table. It shows you the multi faces of the humans who come into contact with each other in this profession that most these days perceive as calculated and cold.
Why do they do it? The Surgeons and doctors who dedicate their lives to saving others? Go "under the drapes" with Dr. Gelber and discover the reasons, the whys of what motivates him and in the process, meet the exceptional people that are Doctors and Patients. ***** 5 stars on

By naki

Dear David

"Under the drapes" is great!

I have to congratulate you for still another great work.

You started with a most appropriate dedication to your wonderful Laura of 26 years.

I am now mentioning your introductory remarks because of their depth and in their literary quality.

The book itself is full of very useful information that should wet the appetite to know more and even practice surgery of potential readers such as medical students, interns and residents. It certainly had this effect on me! ( I even felt very sorry that I succumbed to my call of early retirement!).

I appreciated your remark about hemicorpectomy because it showed that there is a limit to what a well meaning surgeon can offer to a very compromised patient .

Your very useful remarks about operating on the patient not on his/her imaging and lab work, are remarks that fully trained practicing surgeons should obey. Indeed your book may be very useful to fully trained practicing surgeons.

All of your quotations are great such as the one I have in front of me (by Oliver Wendell) who remind us that if the province of knowledge is to speak, it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

You insist on the ethical practice of surgery such as your appropriately sarcastic remark in dealing with very sick patients when you noted how remarkable it is tha surgical risks improve as soon as the patient is found to have some financial resources.

Your many witty remarks, inventive techniques (mentioned in fun) and illustrative anecdotes are sure to keep the attention of the readers!

Another of your many quotations that may benefit surgeons is modified from Kipling :If you could learn to treat triumph and disaster the same, then you will find bliss.

I could have added far more positive remarks but then these may simply become a poor reflection of your original script,

Congratulations once more dear friend on a great work

Warmest regards

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