• Intern

  • A Doctor's Initiation
  • By: Sandeep Jauhar
  • Narrated by: Sandeep Jauhar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Intern is Sandeep Jauhar's story of his days and nights in residency at a busy hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question our every assumption about medical care today. Residency - and especially the first year, called internship - is legendary for its brutality. Working 80 hours or more per week, most new doctors spend their first year asking themselves why they wanted to be doctors in the first place.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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very realistic

it was a very dry book and very pessimistic of the process of becoming a doctor

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this book is extraordinary!

The doctor himself reads his amazing journey and he is excellent! Read this book! Lucy Shaw

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Internship

Brought back a lot of old memories from my medical internship. How I got through it makes me wonder sometimes. Dr. Jauhar is a talented story teller. He has a unique talent of making his patients relatable and he brings out the struggles of patient -physician relationships. A great effort.

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aerator was very good. The narrative was disappointing. At times I thought I was reading a story about Berkeley and not New York Hospital

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Loved it!

I was engrossed throughout from start to finish. Lots of wisdom. Narration is awesome!

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Great voice! Great finish!

Good story, has its ups and downs, but its pretty good, its strongest element is its character development.

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i want my time back

this is worthless. it's about whiney liberal whose broken pseudo philosophy, which is clearly evident and goes predictable to nihilism and self justification, fails to help him in his life as he fails at physics, then fails at medicine by repeatedly murdering his own patients through apathetic incompetence and narcissistic selfishness. this man is one of the worst human beings there is.

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Really enjoyed the journey!

The journey of this book was very well done. It's starts with alot of value building. So much good information and perspective throughout.

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Great inside account into profession of medicine

It was hard to put down this book
A candid story, that tells you the thought process behind the decision a doctor makes.
Must read for someone who wants to be a doctor.

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OK in 2x speed

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.

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