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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vincent Lam Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Through the eyes of Fitz, Ming, Chen, and Sri, Vincent Lam finds conflict - and humanity - in the most surprising moments. Together these doctors test the boundaries of intimacy as they cope with exam pressure, weigh moral dilemmas as they dissect cadavers, confront police who assault their patients, and treat schizophrenics with pathologies similar to their own.

Winner of the 2006 Giller Prize for fiction - the only debut work ever to have won the prestigious literary prize - Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures looks with rigorous honesty at the lives of doctors and their patients and illuminates a deeper understanding of the fears, choices, and temptations that face us all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Richards | 2/4/2014

    " This was a fascinating novel written by a physician about physicians. It reads more like short stories versus a novel. I am not sure that the public would be reassured that their lives are in competent hands on completely this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Oram | 2/2/2014

    " Funny story about this one. I didn't notice it was 'stories' and was wondering what kept happening to all the characters after each 'chapter.' Ooops! The stories had a solid, ell-developed feel to them and focused on some of the same characters. Good stories. I just really wanted to find out what happened to them! (Some others in my book club also really wanted to find out what happened to all the characters.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trixiecat oh | 2/1/2014

    " I could not put this book down. One story is a bit weak, but the rest were fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ledayne Polaski | 1/22/2014

    " loved the beginning -- it lost power in the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Jones | 1/18/2014

    " Very good and an interesting mix of medicine and storytelling. However, I wish there had been more interaction and overlap of the characters. I really like the Fitzgerald/Ming story at the beginning, but there just wasn't anything else as good as that as the book went on. Still great and highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phiona | 1/18/2014

    " For his patients' sake, I hope Mr. Lam is a better doctor than he is a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/1/2014

    " I would give it 3.5 stars if I could "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 7/7/2013

    " This book was all right. It ended strangely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magdalena | 6/27/2013

    " Looking forward to reading this. Love stories about medicine etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiran | 4/30/2013

    " It was a good read overall. It brings up the challenges of being a medical doctor, moral and ethical dilemmas, and demands of this profession. Simple and easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 3/3/2013

    " Believable story... written from perspective of different characters... snatches of & as their lives progress and change; written by physician author Vincent Lam; won an award "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Silverman | 12/1/2012

    " Not terrible, but definitely didn't live up to the hype. Maybe being in the profession makes these characters seem hollow and far too stereotyped. The author panders to the beliefs (and misbeliefs) of the general public regarding doctors and medical students. Like ER in print. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura-lynn | 5/19/2012

    " I loved this book! Especially interesting for anyone with a medical background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/30/2012

    " Well deserving of its Giller win - a class act of realism and imagination blending to keep you following each story through to the end. Now a TV show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 4/25/2012

    " I'm not normally a fan of short stories, but these were very linked and I like stuff about the medical profession "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gordon | 2/2/2012

    " Worth reading, it's multiple stories set against the world of medicine in Toronto. You can see why it won the Giller, all the stories grab you and turn into a cohesive whole before you realise that it's happened. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle Sasaki | 1/24/2012

    " Overly descriptive, and totally not what I had expected. I didn't even finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yfct | 1/22/2012

    " I almost forgot about SARS. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Angus | 9/5/2011

    " It was an excellent read. The characters were well done, if not a bit dry at times, but that made them feel more real. Just as in real life, we are all a bit stuck, a bit tedious, and a bit confused. I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 8/8/2011

    " Couldn't put it down: sympathized easily with the characters and enjoyed the "short story" format. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rp | 5/15/2011

    " Really don't understand what all the fuss was about... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 3/30/2011

    " Kind of a disconnected story with some interesting parts. I think being in the medical field and having been in Toronto during the SARS outbreak in 2003 made me more interested in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 3/14/2011

    " This book was a book club pick for my book club. To be honest, it was kind of weird and didn't really flow together well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/12/2011

    " Well deserving of its Giller win - a class act of realism and imagination blending to keep you following each story through to the end. Now a TV show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/7/2011

    " I loved Lam's prose style and the way the stories are separate but connected. I'll definitely keep an eye out for his other writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 2/28/2011

    " Having just started med school, I was really into this book. I also did my undergrad at Ottawa U, so the exam description at the beginning was scarily accurate and familiar. Admittedly, the characters were not super developed, but I think this book more than compensates for this by the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/24/2011

    " Very well written and unique story. I really enjoyed the characters and storyline. This is one of the few times so far when I've read a Giller prize winner and felt that it was deserving of the award. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 1/18/2011

    " I didnt expect this to be as good as it was because so many ppl gave it a poor rating. I really enjoyed it though. I especially loved the style in which it was written; i love how all the stories were connected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The_antichris | 1/16/2011

    " Really liked this - he has a deceptively simple narrative voice that's very engaging. And I'm glad to know the TV series was a good adaptation as well as good in itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/26/2010

    " A remarkable new Canadian writer ... this book was a delight to read. "

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About the Author

Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and was born in Canada. He did his medical training and is an emergency physician in Toronto. His first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, was awarded the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.