Author: Allan Lohaus, M.D.
The following review was contributed by: S.V. SWAMY: CLICK TO VIEW S.V. Swamy's Reviews
About the Book (From the inner flap) - Mayday! is a medical odyssey journal
revealing the thought, feelings, humor and spirituality of an American physician
during months of hopitalization. Rising on swells of optimism and tugged down by
pain, infections, operations and adverse outcomes, he drifts through waters too
deep to stand in and too dark for him to see hidden dangers. The illness ends in
New Zealand, two years later. This body, mind, and spirit experience of dying
and returningto health is a personal and universal journey. A little more about
the book (as I understood after reading) - It is a good indepth account of the
doctor's struggles with illness, fortunately for him, an acute problem and not
chronic illness. He was operated for removal of some intestinal polyps and the
post-operative infections and the resultant complications required three more
surgeries to restore his body to a semblance of normalcy.
What I liked about the book - The intensely personal narrative and the good
style. Since it is a relatively short book, it could be read in a day. Since I
always had an abiding interest in medical matters (though I became a
metallurigst), I enjoyed reading the details of the treatment and the operative
procedures, his emotions as he was struggling with pain and a very real chance
of prolonged illness or death!
What did not appeal to me - None.
What else I would have liked to see - A fuller account of his younger days, and
his own mom's struggle with Hodgkin's disease etc. His estrangement from his
biological father probably pushed him to mature spiritually since he searched
and found his father first in senior friends and later in God through Christ. I
would also have liked to read a more detailed account of his treatment.