Ich kann dieses Buch alleine wegen der schriftstellerischen Leistung nur empfehlen. Der Titel ist leicht verfehlt, da es nicht nur um die Internship, sondern allgemein um die Lebensphase des jungen Arztes geht. Trotzdem lesenswert.
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5,0 von 5 SternenA book every medical person needs to read
21. Dezember 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an important book and one that I only recently discovered after the passing of the much-respected Chief of Invasive Cardiology at Oakland's Highland General Hospital (Dr. Walter Stullman). That event prompted me to reflect on my own years at Highland in the cath lab, back in the late 70s/early 80s, and led to my discovery of Dr. Sandeep Jauhar's very insightful recounting of his own formative years as an intern and resident. In his book, Jauhar reflects on the experiences that led to his choice of cardiology as a specialty, and anyone who has followed that incredibly arduous path from medical school to professional practice will experience many moments of satori in its pages. Dr. Juhar lucidly describes the challenges and ordeals awaiting those who choose medicine as a profession, but just as importantly he reflects upon the underlying ethical and moral humanity that is a requisite underpinning in the diagnosis and treatment of human afflictions. This is a book that belongs on the reference shelf of anyone involved with medicine today (at any level), as our modern scientific and technological prowess threatens to overwhelm our humane intuitions and feelings. Dr. Jauhar's academic background (he holds a PhD in physics as well as credentials in journalism) has enabled him to put a unique and valuable personal perspective on his experiences as a young doctor that is both refreshing and extraordinary. [Among his other published works is another I would strongly recommend: 'The Heart: A History']. I think you will enjoy this book as I did, since it's...if you'll pardon the jest...'straight from the heart!'
For me, reading this memoir was an experience of intense immersion in the author's psyche as he navigates the process of development psychologists call identity formation. He spends an unusually long time in the "moratorium" phase of that process, in which there's an active but uncommitted exploration of differing personal values and roles. He's an apt observer of his inner world, so his memoir, though titled "Intern," is really less another general story about the rigors of becoming a doctor and more a very individual narrative of coming of age. As the main character of his story, he's a brilliant and brooding young man defying his family's expectations that he'll follow in his older brother's footsteps to become a doctor (preferably a prestigious and highly paid specialist) by instead pursuing postgraduate studies in theoretical physics (but not before detours to get accepted by all the best law schools and travels to undertake challenging volunteer work abroad). In spite of his self-assessment that he isn't quite brilliant enough to do theoretical physics, he goes on to write a dissertation on quantum dots. But his restlessness doesn't abate. He suffers angst and anomie from feeling more oriented to the random quantum than to the orderly classical world. It's a crisis of meaning and of personal significance. He wants to stop thinking and start acting. So he finally makes his parents happy by going to medical school ... and (as written in the stars at his birth) on to a crisis of self-confrontation in his internship, a decidedly nonacademic environment where he immediately senses he doesn't fit in and feels overwhelmed by having to act without thinking.
He is a very good writer. He has a wonderful way of introducing simple concepts from physics as metaphoric bridges to help himself (and his readers) creatively reconceptualize a personal or medical problem so that he (we) can understand it and/or find solutions (sometimes the solution is just the understanding). There is no real end to a memoir--a self-reflective person will go on learning from experience and growing--but I doubt the core traits that make this hero of his own story (as we all are) turn inward, introspect, brood, and challenge himself again and again will let him rest for very long.
5,0 von 5 SternenDr. Jauhar's writing draws you in to the entire experience of internship
17. Juli 2019 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Wow awesome book! I re-lived my own internship all over again. Got to round with Dr Jauhar in the icu and the medical floors, at morning report, at attending rounds..felt like i was on the hot seat again getting pimped. So relatable on so many levels for those who went thru the R1 year. The cases he describes too brought so much humanity to the bedside, all the while trying to learn what only can be learned by doing (see one, do one, teach one?). The ward teams, nurses, hospital politics, uncertainty, sleepless nights, the do first, ask questions later of intern survivorship..its all there. And i even enjoyed the different hospitals and cities he took us to throughout the book. At Cal berkeley, where Dr Jauhar finished a PhD in physics prior to his medical internship, i found myself driving around telegraph hill and up and around the campus towards the Lawrence Berkeley labs and down past international house just to get a feel for what he was leaving behind. I read up on New York presbyterian , Memorial Sloan, and Bellevue where he worked at. And in the later chapters of the book "walked" up from the Bellevue campus towards the upper east side retracing his thoughts and reflections after internship, and mine as well. Just a great read and tour de force of all that is experienced in the training of a new doctor.
4,0 von 5 SternenThis poor guy almost didn't make it!
22. Juni 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
An interesting take on this MD's internship. You can only learn so much in a book and then you have to practice on patients. Sandeep survived and even went on to become a cardiologist. More practice and opportunities for learning. Medicine is a process of deduction, and experience. The part that gets me is the inhumanity of internship, the long hours without sleep, the pecking order of the teaching staff; how is one supposed to learn to be empathetic in an atmosphere that is grueling, and fraught with the possibility of errors. This training is part of the "old boy's club" where the older physicians want to make the younger ones suffer like they did. This is no longer the dark ages, and I wouldn't want someone taking care of me who has a hard time thinking straight!