Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“Hirsch’s novel, a ‘multi-decade labor of love,’ is intelligent, humorous, and authentic in tone. Seth’s first-person perspective allows the story to provide an intimate view into a clinical world, populated by both gracious and misanthropic medical professionals, all seen through the eyes of a neophyte. The protagonist also learns much about himself and his classmates along the way. Entertaining, educative, and unflaggingly funny, this debut novel will particularly appeal to real-life med students searching for a fast-moving, relatable respite between classes.” – Kirkus Reviews

Featured in Kirkus Reviews special Fall Preview issue on 8/15/16!

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BlueInk Review

“Echoing the comedic tone of the 1989 comedy Gross Anatomy, the novel’s affection for this uniquely strange experience makes it the best fictional portrayal of med school since ER. Readers will savor the experience.” – BlueInk Review (starred review)

Featured in Booklist Magazine October 2016 issue!

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Foreward Clarion Reviews

“Reminiscent of a cross between the television sitcom Scrubs and a medical version of One L by Scott Turow, Didn’t Get Frazzled is by turns sardonic, touching, raucous, sexy, and sometimes downright gross. It’s also hugely entertaining.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews

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The BookLife Prize in Fiction

“Hirsch’s novel follows Seth Levine through four years of medical school as he grows in knowledge, forms strong peer friendships, and grieves over lost love. The witty first-person narrative moves at a nice clip, and the story feels like a true account of the medical school experience, but doesn’t lose the reader with too much medical jargon.” – The BookLife Prize in Fiction

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Readers’ Favorite

Didn’t Get Frazzled is a marvelous read, funny at times, even uproariously so, and poignant at others. As I finished this book, I thought how lucky Seth’s patients were to have him as a doctor. And that’s what it’s all about in the end. Didn’t Get Frazzled lets you live the medical school experience from a safe and sane distance. It’s most highly recommended.” – Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars)

“I liked how the characters are so well developed with their unique personalities and traits that they almost seem real. The writing keeps up a steady flow and effectively blends the anecdotal world of medical college with Seth’s own life, dating, and relationships. I also found the underlying humor in Didn’t Get Frazzled to be quite funny and, for me, this turned this book into a nice blend of light-hearted reading alongside serious topics.” – Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars)

“David Z Hirsch, MD presents an authentic portrayal of the life of a medical student in Didn’t Get Frazzled. The author’s use of humor provides a good balance against the complicated struggles facing these young, bright professionals. The difficulties in maintaining meaningful, loving relationships are also portrayed well.” – Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars)

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“Entertaining and deftly navigating the steep slope of emotions, Didn’t Get Frazzled is, at once, funny, gross, sarcastic, irreverent, and touching.” – IndieReader

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Special thanks to the bloggers who have reviewed my book:

“The characters were well written and authentic, even the patients who were only mentioned for a matter of pages. There was good, realistically paced character development of Seth and the other main characters … A very well written novel, a very solid 5*. The best book I have since probably Summer 2016.” – Mel Russell

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“Even though this is a work of fiction, the author does a such a good job of making real characters and a believable plot, it feels like we are sharing stories to pass time while commuting on a train. I felt for Seth as he trudged through med school and his training while trying to balance his personal life and his own sanity. I am a die-heart fantasy lover, but this was a great break from make believe while still providing a lot of entertainment and exercise for my imagination.” – Teresa A. Wilson

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“Seth’s interactions with the other characters mimicked those on comedy shows beautifully, making nearly every conversation an excellent read. The medical twist to it provides plenty of chances for these comedic moments, several gross stories being shared with the reader and the first chapter being literally called: A beautiful slice of dead penis (he performs a transection on this area of a cadaver). And yet the humour did not squash out the morality – you can’t help but love Seth, he stands up for what he believes in, even if it may lower his popularity from other doctors.” – Heather

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“I felt that Hirsch did an amazing job of illustrating the stress and sacrifice of becoming a physician. I recommend Didn’t Get Frazzled to anyone who knows a doctor, wants to be a doctor, or wants to relive the insanity of medical school. It definitely gave me a greater appreciation for the doctors in my life.” – Rebecca Markus

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“This might seem serious, but David Z Hirsch describes the settings and the characters in a humorous way. I found myself laughing out loud at certain settings. … How does one separate their private lives from their professional ones? This was an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it.” – Linda Zagon

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“Overall I really did enjoy it … it’s an interesting, engaging, sometimes funny, and easy read.” – Lucy Hayes.

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The novel intersperses darkly humorous scenes during Seth’s training, with the ongoing drama of his personal life.  It’s intelligently written, well put together, amusing in parts, and I thought the dialogue and the characterisation good (Seth’s girlfriend, April, is particularly so; dreary as hell, and takes herself far, far too seriously).  The contrast between hospital and personal life is well balanced, each giving more weight to the other.  The banter in the practical classes is believable, and it’s clear that the author knows exactly what he’s talking about, all the way through it – nothing like writing what you know!” – Terry Tyler

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“If you like the medical genre then you are sure to like this one.”

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“At a time when medical care and its provision is a matter of much debate, this book, that illustrates the experience from the perspective of those directly engaged in providing it, can help personalise the issue and return the focus where it should be, patients and the caring professionals … The characters and the anecdotes have a realistic feel and it will be particularly appreciated by those in the health professions or considering them as an option.  Readers who enjoy medical fiction would gain a better understanding of the realities behind the fiction by reading this book.” – Olga Miret

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“This was a fun read with plenty to offer. This is a nothing held back journey that is graphic, disgusting at times, and introspective as well. The writing touches you in a way that makes you feel like you know Seth or that he could be someone you have met. It also gives you some insight into how grueling becoming a M.D. can be. If I didn’t already know, this story would convince me that that path is not for me. If you are looking for a different type of read then I suggest you give this book a try. If nothing else it will have your side in stitches!” – Amy Mathew

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