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Intern : a doctor's initiation

by Jauhar, Sandeep, 1968-

Format: Print Book 2008
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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 eighty 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Most stories of medical internship begin with a young kid who knows from an early age that he or she wants to be a doctor. Not so Jauhar. Although it was his parents' dream that one day both their sons would become physicians, as a college student this young man's interests bounced from history to political science to journalism, law, and, ultimately, physics. So it came as no small surprise to him that, when he applied for admission to medical school, he was accepted. Thereafter, as an intern at New York Hospital, surprise seemed to sneak up on him repeatedly as he struggled with, first, the idealism 95 percent of med students possess, then with his own self-doubts. It seemed there were few days when he failed to ask himself whether medicine was the right choice. Indeed, what sets Jauhar's internship story apart from the norm is his candor about how he overcame this internal conflict to become, eventually, director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.--Chavez, Donna Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jauhar, a cardiologist who directs the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, completed his internship a decade ago, but still remembers his confusing, tumultuous medical apprenticeship at the prestigious New York Hospital "the way soldiers remember war." The son of an embittered immigrant plant geneticist who found the American university tenure system racist, Jauhar dithered over career choices and completed a doctorate in physics before embarking on medicine. Jauhar feels responsible when he botches the blood pressure check on a patient who later dies during an aortic dissection and when he misses the high blood sodium level of a man who then suffers irreversible brain damage. He wonders if he and his colleagues have discriminated against a cardiac patient because of his weight, and helps an advanced cancer patient's wife decide against the futile insertion of a breathing tube. As his internship progresses, he romances his future wife (an affair he describes with the passion of one buying a used car); cracks under self-doubt and the expectations of his traditional Indian family, and suffers a serious depression. He regrets that as a doctor he is sometimes impatient, emotionless and paternalistic. Although Jauhar carefully elucidates complex medical terminology for lay readers, his thoughtful, valuable memoir will be most relevant to medical students and interns experiencing similar crises. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Jauhar, Sandeep, -- 1968-
Medical students -- United States -- Biography.
Interns (Medicine) -- United States -- Biography.
Residents (Medicine) -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xvi, 299 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-296).
ISBN 9780374146597 (hardcover)
0374146594 (hardcover)
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