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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-5255-9838-8
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 300 pages
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    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 300 pages
  • Keywords
    • Vietnam War novel,
    • Combat surgeon novel,
    • Medical fiction,
    • Doctor novel,
    • Medical novel,
    • Vietnam combat novel,
    • Vietnam surgeon

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All Bleeding Stops
by Michael J Collins

What does a doctor do when he thinks his best is not good enough? Matthew Barrett, thirty-one years old and fresh out of residency, is drafted and sent to Vietnam as a combat surgeon in 1967 at the heightof the Vietnam War. Compassionate and sensitive to a fault, he is determined to make a difference but quickly finds his idealism crushed by the pain, suffering, and indifference that surround him. Shamed by his inexperience and tormented by his failures, he slowly unravels. Only the love of Therese Hopkins, a nurse, keeps him from falling apart. But will their love survive the grinding horror of war? Matthew’s journey of redemption takes him from combat surgeon in Vietnam to transplant doctor in Ohio and, finally, to physician in a relief camp in Biafra, exploring how the caring and compassion that draws young people to pursue the healing arts can also sow the seeds of their own destruction, and how love may be the only thing that can finally make all bleeding stop.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR ALL BLEEDING STOPS "A harrowing, evocative drama about the ravages of war and the power of compassion." —Kirkus Reviews “With the deft precision of a surgeon and the impassioned sensibility of a poet, Michael Collins . . . tells the harrowing, heartbreaking tale of Navy Lt. Matthew Barrett.” —Bryan Gruley, Edgar-nominated author of the Starvation Lake and Bleak Harbor series. “Battlefields and operating rooms explode onto the pages of All Bleeding Stops. The details are vivid, unrelenting, and impossible to forget.” —Ross Pennie, author of the Dr. Zol Szabo medical mystery series. “A superbly fast-moving, intriguing and immersive ride.” —Michele Weldon, best-selling author of I Closed My Eyes and Act Like You’re Having a Good Time. PRAISE FOR HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL “I adore this book. It’s so polished and hilarious . . . I give this book a 10+!” —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times Best-Selling author of the Rizzoli and Isles novels “One of the best, funniest medical memoirs I have ever read.” —Michael Palmer, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Fatal and The Patient “I love this book and won’t soon forget it.” —Augusten Burroughs, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Magical Thinking PRAISE FOR BLUE COLLAR, BLUE SCRUBS “A gripping, humane, humorous, and enlightening read.” —Abraham Verghese, New York Times Best Selling Author of Cutting for Stone “Collins has a poet’s soul . . . Literary talent produces this fast-paced memoir filled with easy, unforced dialogue and authentic characters from all walks of life.”

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Former construction laborer, cab driver, and dock worker, Mike Collins rose to become chief resident in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Hot Lights, Cold Steel and Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs. Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He and his wife, Patti, were born, raised, and still live on the West Side of Chicago.


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