In this book, my unedited autobiography, I explain how, with my pronounced limited academic ability, I managed to utilize both positive and detrimental factors from my early childhood to my advantage in order to accomplish my ultimate success in life. I discuss the many hardships and hurdles I encountered during my seemingly-impossible educational path. My eventual goal was also undoubtedly attributed to my life-long ability of being able to over-achieve and out-perform. Simply put, I had to be subjected to many needless but necessary stressful situations along with a combination of other factors in order to obtain what seemed to be an un-attainable goal. Along with these factors and endless battles with Bipolar Illness, I managed to convert these deterrents into an incredibly advantageous situation. Even one of my decisions to quit medical school turned out to be a very important impetus in my eventual success. In the second section of this book, I explain the many functions, procedures, and powers of the Coroner’s Office, and detail the position of coroner that I held for fourteen years. The purpose of this was to set the stage for my being able to describe and report in depth the many unusual and bizarre cases that I encountered during this time. When things appear to be coming at you from all directions and your outlook appears quite gloomy and hopeless, don’t even think about giving up. No matter how many destitute situations you find yourself in along the way, stay persistent and keep trying, because the eventual outcome may not be as predictable as everyone would like to think. This is an autobiography of a rural physician and coroner of a mid-sized Louisiana Parish who was able to accomplish one of the highest-possible goals in spite of his self-admitted limited academic ability. Having been the oldest of nine siblings, six of whom also became doctors, he explains as to how he was forced to encounter numerous hardships and ever-present challenges in order to be able to conquer a goal that seemed virtually impossible. Dr. Cefalu tells of how he managed to utilize both positive and detrimental factors from his early childhood to his advantage in order to accomplish his ultimate success in life. Along with these factors, many other constant struggles and endless battles with Bipolar Illness, he somehow managed to convert these deterrents into an incredibly advantageous situation whereby his ability to over-achieve and out-perform would make up the difference. Even one of his decisions to quit medical school turned out to be a very important impetus in his eventual success. In the second section of this book, he explains the many functions, procedures, and powers of the Coroner’s Office, and details the position of coroner that he held for fourteen years. The purpose of this was to set the stage for his being able to describe and report in depth the many unusual and bizarre cases that he encountered during this time.
Dr. Vincent N. Cefalu graduated from Amite High School in 1966. He subsequently finished bachelor of science in zoology from Southeastern Louisiana College and a medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, accomplishing the latter in just three short years. He completed a one-year “rotating 0” internship at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge and then moonlighted for many years in emergency rooms all over the state of Louisiana. He eventually held many professional jobs, practiced family medicine for thirty years, and held the position of coroner for fourteen years at a midsized Louisiana parish.
Vincent N. Cefalu's ACHIEVING SO MUCH WITH SO LITTLE is a compelling and inspirational autobiography.................... accounts of the many unusual cases he saw in his years as a Tangipahoa Parish coroner are entertaining and illuminating. Cefalu is a master of self-deprecation, attributing his achievements in life to his strong will to succeed rather than his mental acuity.
-- Clarion Review
Dr. Vincent N. Cefalu, a retired coroner in rural Louisiana, set out to write an inspiring autobiography on overcoming mental and physical challenges, and on the face of it, the facts of his life are remarkable.
-- Blue Ink
A frank, unadorned report of the author's profound struggles with feelings of inadequacy.
-- Kirkus Review