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Monday Mornings: A Novel Kindle Edition
Monday Mornings, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings, often in front of their peers at M & M. It is on Monday mornings that reflection and introspection occurs, usually in private. It is Monday Mornings that provides a unique look at the real method in which surgeons learn - through their mistakes. It is Monday Mornings when, if you're lucky, you have a chance at redemption.
Monday Mornings launches off the page like a thoroughbred out of the gates: the pace is fast and furious and the authenticity of the surgical situations make this a hard-to-put-down novel.-- "Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone"
A brilliant and authentic inside look at the high-stakes world of neurosurgery, filled with memorable characters and searing moments, written with a surgeon's deftness and a healer's heart.-- "Samuel Shem, author of The House of God"
Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes us inside the veins of the patients, the hospital, and the brilliant surgeons at Chelsea General in a thrilling, often funny, and sometimes heartbreaking read. You'll laugh. You'll cry. I could not put it down.-- "David E. Kelley, creator of Boston Legal and Chicago Hope"
Narrator Christian Rummel gives this book a fast-paced, dramatic reading that makes it both compelling and entertaining. He effectively uses his deep, authoritative, nasal-tinged voice to portray the doctors as they see themselves...He's also fully committed to his character voices, and they fit the book's tone perfectly.-- "AudioFile"
These fictional physicians possess extremely high empathy quotients. They make clinical and personal blunders, yet some attain redemption, and nearly all experience epiphanies. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to write a novel, but with Monday Mornings, readers will be glad one did.-- "Booklist" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Sanjay Gupta, MD, is a practicing neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital. A columnist for Time magazine and a chief medical correspondent at CNN, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Christian Rummel has recorded many audiobooks in a variety of genres and won two AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has worked with Theatre for a New Audience and Clubbed Thumb and also appeared in several episodes of Law & Order.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004QZ9QSM
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (March 13, 2012)
- Publication date : March 13, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1206 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #785,039 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And it’s a pretty good novel, even by my own literature-hound standards. Frankly, from the very first page, I found it hard to put down. It’s not just that the writing is more than competent for a physician; it would be more than competent from an actual novelist. The characters are sharply drawn and memorable (especially the larger-than-life—literally and figuratively—Dr. George Villanueva, the tortured Dr. Ty Wilson, and the idealistic but confused Dr. Tina Ridgeway). One gets toward the end of the book already hoping for a sequel.
The plot follows these physicians, and a couple of others, as they go about their rounds in a busy teaching hospital in Detroit. The medical scenes are gripping, as one might expect from a practicing neurosurgeon, and I actually felt like I learned quite a bit. There is a generous helping of droll medical humor that I’m sure is common among professionals who make their living with life and death. But “Monday Mornings” doesn’t try to be too funny, or too cute either.
Gupta has an incredible ear for dialogue, which is one of his chief talents as a novelist. Whether it’s a staff meeting where angry surgeons hiss at each other over a death, or scary encounters with psychotics, there is a you-are-there immediacy that indicates the keen ear of someone who has paid very close attention to life, not just to the medical profession.
Sanjay Gupta’s compassion also comes through loud and clear in “Monday Mornings,” along with his obvious concern about the way the American medical system is stacked against the poor and indigent. Especially wrenching is one line about how poor people often don’t see doctors until it’s too late, because “they had come to believe that their lives didn’t matter in the larger scheme of things.”
For Gupta, the bar is set very high for medical accuracy given that he is a practicing neurosurgeon. However, there are several parts of the book that just don't make sense to me. For one, surgical morbidity and mortality conferences are usually limited to the department of surgery. The book describes the entire hospital staff attending the conferences. There are tired cliches of anesthesiologists reading newspapers and doing other things to pass the time in the OR. I'm not saying there isn't a kernel of truth to this, but I think characterizing the anesthesiologists like this makes Gupta look lazy. Some of the more minute details of medical care didn't make sense to me either. A lay person wouldn't think twice about the description of lactated ringers solution being used for a craniotomy, but anesthesiologists and neurosurgeons know that normal saline is the standard solution for this procedure. Also, coagulation studies typically aren't ordered for surgical patients unless there is a clear indication from the patient's history, unlike in this book where every single patient gets the full coagulation workup in response to a case that was presented in morbidity and mortality.
In sum, Gupta did a great job with "Monday Mornings". I would highly recommend buying and reading the book - it was a great diversion for me during the five days I took to read it piecemeal. However, if you are looking for a classic novel about the physician condition and experience, stick to "The House of God".
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Same characters, some names changed a bit for the show, but I love the book, it has that wonderfully witty style that I loved in the show and I now have some resolution since the show ended before it began.
If you like clever medical drama, without the bubblegum, this is a book you'll enjoy.
There is no padding in the book, no superfluous words - just a brilliant character study in a rapidly moving plot. I wish that all books were this well written. I can't recommend this book enough. It's a great read.
any road up, read the book, you'll love it.
Interest is kept as the staff are followed through their day and how things happen to end up being the subject of said M&M meetings.
A fascinating story as is the series on Sky that first caught my attention.