The Disillusionment of an American Physician
Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374141394, 268pp.
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
In his acclaimed memoir Intern, Sandeep Jauhar chronicled the formative years of his residency at a prestigious New York City hospital. "Doctored," his harrowing follow-up, observes the crisis of American medicine through the eyes of an attending cardiologist.
Hoping for the stability he needs to start a family, Jauhar accepts a position at a massive teaching hospital on the outskirts of Queens. With a decade's worth of elite medical training behind him, he is eager to settle down and reap the rewards of countless sleepless nights. Instead, he is confronted with sobering truths. Doctors' morale is low and getting lower. Blatant cronyism determines patient referrals, corporate ties distort medical decisions, and unnecessary tests are routinely performed in order to generate income. Meanwhile, a single patient in Jauhar's hospital might see fifteen specialists in one stay and still fail to receive a full picture of his actual condition.
Provoked by his unsettling experiences, Jauhar has written an introspective memoir that is also an impassioned plea for reform. With American medicine at a crossroads, "Doctored "is the important work of a writer unafraid to challenge the establishment and incite controversy.
Praise for Intern
“Fascinating . . . Brutally frank.” —The New York Times
“A vivid portrait of the culture of a New York City hospital.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Excellent, well-written . . . Emotionally powerful.” —The New England Journal of Medicine
“Intense.” —New York
In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine." More at NPR.org
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