The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents: A Memoir
The White House Doctor, CONNIE MARIANO is the first female director of the white house medical unit and the first Filipino-American to become a navy rear admiral. She served and cared George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton for nine years in Washington. She born in 1955 as the daughter of a U.S. Navy steward in the Philippines, she was appointed a White House physician by the navy in 1992, and her mettle was thoroughly tested during medical emergencies—and political storms. Whether helping to treat Bush’s skin cancer or dispensing a Band-Aid on the golf course, accompanying the president on overseas trips or performing a Heimlich maneuver on a choking guest at a holiday gala, Mariano always kept her cool and her sense of humor, which she retains in this unusual inside look at the White House.
As my own opinion, this book was a good read, but not a great read. Although it did give a glimpse into what it takes to be the First Doctor to the President as well as cracking the door to have relationships with the others on both the secret service and the medical support, it does not go in depth about anything. So if you are looking for in depth information, this is not the book for you. If you just want to enjoy a book, this may be the one for you.
I feel she has no confident at all, she has to keep proving herself to others in order to feel herself is special and worth the value. She is self-praise too often in the book.
Also she is selfish over-commitment to her profession at the expense of her husband and sons. She continues to tell us how much she misses her husband and sons, but she doesn’t do anything about it, instead of choose her own glory over them. I understand the 9 years she has to choose the first family over her own family, but after serving the first family, her whole family moved to Scottsdale, she had a new life and new job, and her husband was happy as well, but once again she chose to open her own clinic instead of trying to save her marriage and family. Her husband really sacrificed a lot for her and their family, but she selfishly only thinks about herself.
This is just my own opinion. The book contains interesting stories; it’s a good book to read.
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