Jauhar's internship was even more harrowing than most: he switched from physics to medicine in order to follow a more humane calling - only to find that medicine put patients' concerns last. He struggled to find a place among squadrons of cocky residents and doctors. He challenged the practices of the internship in The New York Times, attracting the suspicions of the medical bureaucracy. Then, suddenly stricken, he became a patient himself - and came to see that today's high-tech, high-pressure medicine can be a humane science after all.
Now a thriving cardiologist, Jauhar has all the qualities you'd want in your own doctor: expertise, insight, a feel for the human factor, a sense of humor, and a keen awareness of the worries that we all have in common. His beautifully written memoir explains the inner workings of modern medicine with rare candor and insight.
©2008 Sandeep Jauhar; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Very few books can make you laugh and cry at the same time. This is one of them....It is mandatory reading for anyone who has been even the slightest bit curious about how a doctor gets trained, and for physicians, it is a valuable record of our initiation." (Sanjay Gupta, CNN medical correspondent and author of Chasing Life)
We need more books like this to discourage people to go to med school. The book accurately depicts what someone who has been working in a hospital already knows. On the other hand, I am not sure that people who are not medical professionals will understand half of the lingo... I could not listen the book on less than 2x speed. It made the narration upbeat and light. It especially helped me to get through the first half, which is a dark soup of Dr. Jauhar's feelings. However, some people may like that.
Although this author seemed to be quite the intelligent individual and chose a different specialty than me, I was able to learn a lot from his experience. His hardships that brought continuos doubt, his struggle to become a compassionate physician in the midst of trying patients, and his honesty through it all.
It is a great read for any medical student, soon to be intern, or family member of a patient that struggles to understand the perspective of a physician.
I'll read this one again after my internship. It has inspired me to keep a journal, if not just mental notes throughout my training.
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