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Intern: A Doctor's Initiation (2008)

by Sandeep Jauhar

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Eh. This memoir of a young doctor is more a confession of Jauhar's ambivalence about the profession of medicine than an in-depth look at the process of becoming a doctor. It's useful, I guess, to know that doctors are as likely to be unhappily punching the clock as any other worker, but Jauhar's writing isn't much sharper than his doctoring. ( )
  AThurman | Dec 7, 2014 |
good reading while waiting for Grey's to return!
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Jauhar entered medical school comparatively late, having tried 3 or 4 other careers first and wanting nothing less than to be a doctor. However, his older brother was a doctor and his parents were pushing for double doctor offspring, and for those and other reasons he eventually succumbed. His main objection to the profession was that he thought it was just cookie cutter work, devoid of soul or creativity. And to some degree that was true but he eventually found there were other aspects as well.

Between starting medical school and getting to an acceptance of its realities, Jauhar struck me as the kind of doctor that makes people reluctant to go to one in the first place. Frequently late, taking short cuts and blowing off patients, wanting nothing more that to get away from the hospital, I wonder how much of this is just the grueling way interns are scheduled or if this is an honest expression of a doctor without a true calling? And how many more feel like this? ( )
  BooksCatsEtc | Jul 3, 2011 |
Rambling and self-indulgent at times. ( )
  ramblingivy | Jul 17, 2010 |
Excellent for those interested in what medical school is like or for those making the plunge into the medical profession. ( )
  christopherivie | Dec 21, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374531595, Paperback)

Intern is Dr. 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 his every assumption about medical care today. Residency—and especially its first year, the internship—is legendary for its brutality, and Jauhar’s experience was even more harrowing than most. He switched from physics to medicine in order to follow a more humane calling—only to find that his new profession often had little regard for patients’ concerns. 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.
Jauhar’s beautifully written memoir explains the inner workings of modern medicine with rare candor and insight.

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Jauhar recounts his days and nights in residency at a busy hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question the quality of medical care today. His beautifully written memoir explains that modern medicine can be a humane science after all.

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