Book Review: Tell Me Where It Hurts

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon follows author Nick Trout through a “typical day” in his job as a veterinary surgeon at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital (he actually uses anecdotes spanning his entire career). Structuring the book as one long day was an interesting stylistic choice that I don’t really think adds to the book, which hops between timelines, patients, and stories in a sometimes jarring manner, but Dr. Trout has a likeable, compassionate voice and the stories he tells are engaging. As a person who has worked in the health care industry, the similarities between human and animal medicine were especially interesting. There is a little something for everyone here- we hear about the history and science of veterinary medicine, the special relationships between owners and their pets, and what it is like to train and work as a veterinarian. Those who have read James Herriot may be disappointed if they expect this to be a literary work on that level (I confess I have not read anything of Herriot’s yet, but have heard his work is truly amazing), but I picked this book up on a whim at the library with no expectations and found it to be an informative and interesting read. The stories don’t all have happy endings, but I thought Trout handled the more emotional stories with sensitivity and the book did not have too much of a sad tone. Animal lovers should enjoy it, especially dog lovers, as most of the memorable cases in the book involve canine patients.

Fun Fact: I have also currently been reading Susan Conant’s Dog-Lover’s Mystery series and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital gets mentioned in her books. I am familiar with the Boston area, so I love that both Conant’s Books and Tell Me Where It Hurts are based there.

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About Pearl the Puppy

Pearl is just over 40 lbs of energy mixed with a pinch of crazy. We adopted her in March 2011 from a St. Louis rescue organization called Impact for Animals (now Pet Rescue Network). We are unsure about her age, but we are guessing she was born in Fall 2010. Her background is anybody's guess, but we are pretty sure that she has at least some sighthound in her. She's a whole lot of trouble but a whole lot of fun.

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