The Year of the Intern

The Year of the Intern

Book - 1973
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A young man confronts the problems and challenges of learning to be a doctor during the first year of his internship in Hawaii, in a compelling, inside look at the world of American medicine. The nurse's voice on the phone is desperate, but young Dr. Peters, in his first weeks of internship, is only bone tired and a little afraid. He has forgotten when he last slept. Yet he knows that in the coming hours he will have to make life or death decisions regarding patients, assist contemptuous surgeons in the operating room, deal with nurses who may know more than he does, cope with worried relatives and friends of the injured and ill, and pretend at all times to be what he has not yet become a fully qualified doctor. This book is about what happens to a young intern as he goes through the year that promises to make him into a doctor, and threatens to destroy him as a human being
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin, [1973]
ISBN: 9780451165558
Branch Call Number: FIC Cook, R 1973
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 18 cm


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Apr 24, 2018

A little hard for me to get into but once I did, I kept reading. There is an internal struggle going on with this doc that plays out in the pages of the book. Mostly problems you would expect in being a sleep-deprived, always learning doctor.

Two books I would recommend on this subject (both NON fiction) are "The making of a surgeon" by Dr William Nolan and "Five Patients" by Michael Crichton. Both were doctors and these books reflect their experiences.

Aug 21, 2015

Not nearly as good as Alan Nourse's "Intern: By Dr. X". Very little medical action, more like a diatribe against the AMA and its policies.


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