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5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Hit in the Brier Hospital Series
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
My first foray into Dr. Gold’s Brier Hospital series was NO CURE FOR MURDER, and in THE DOCTORS’ LOUNGE, Jacob Weizman reappears, but is no longer in practice. He’s spending his golden years availing himself to the other physicians in the doctors’ lounge. Dr. Gold takes us behind the scenes and shows us scenarios we’re not privy to, as mere patients. The euthanasia theme is carefully explored here—whose life is it anyway? – explores the dynamics and bureaucracies of medical professionals, how they work with and against each other. This novel is not only entertaining, as Dr. Weizman is a colorful character as are the others, but Dr. Gold teaches us a lot about the profession which we’d never find out otherwise.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat Insight Into Doctors and Hospital Care
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2018
Well written and easy to read. Explains a lot of what goes on in the practice of medicine. The characters are diverse and believable. The medical profession is no longer an easy one in our litigious society. We often forget doctors are human and can make honest mistakes when not provided with a critical piece of information. The Doctors' Lounge also shows that some doctors do take advantage of the vulnerable. With luck, the unscrupulous ones don't last. There are many doctors who truly care for their patients and do their very best to give them the best care possible. May we all see well educated, highly skilled doctors and if we don't, please remember it's really our responsibility and right to share our concerns.
Ethical situations with legal ramifications are a major part of the book. Serious themes such as when to end life are included along with humorous and humane interactions among familiar Brier hospital characters. Stubborn patients and doctors are involved in difficult medical choices and decisions. Also conflicts between administrators and staff seem true. Victor Frankel quotes are fascinating for reflection. Only negatives are too many people and subplots but they are necessary to the general subject. This novel likely will appeal the most to the geriatric population. Yet it could be enjoyed by many other thoughtful people.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2016
Multiple threads and story-lines find their resolution in a carefully orchestrated medical treatise. This piece speaks well of the profession, but exposes challenges and vulnerabilities that go along with it. A good read for those who want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes in the privacy of the doctors' lounge.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis novel will give you some insight into the minds and hearts of the people we sometimes trust with our lives.
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2015
Anyone who has visited my blog knows that I love to read books by this author--I am pretty sure I have read every single one of them. I impatiently wait for his next book to be published. Doctor turned author of medical mysteries--and he has years of experience working as a physician to draw from. I also enjoy receiving the bits of medical information that he sends out--can't take the Doc out of the author!! Which is a good thing--I've learned quite a bit by reading his blog as well. Which brings us to this novel----
Here is the question---should a doctor just sit back and watch as a patient who is in extreme pain-and absolutely nothing can be done keep that patient alive or administer enough pain medication which may or may not end his suffering permanently. It delves into DNR's and what can occur when the patient clearly has signed one but the family has objections. It also delves into the interaction (or lack thereof) between Physicians and the Administration of Hospitals. And of course the interactions between the staff members. Having worked in a hospital--believe me when I tell you--it is a bit like Peyton Place!! Then you have the "old guard Doctors versus the young. What we all sometimes forget is----
Doctor's are human (although some of them forget this as well) and it can happen that they need to step back because they could not see what was wrong with a patient and that patient dies. I REALLY want every one of you to read this novel-not only is it a great read--but might give you some insight into the minds and hearts of the people we sometimes trust with our lives.