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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandeep Jauhar Narrator: Sandeep Jauha Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Intern is Sandeep Jauhar’s story of his days and nights in residency at a busy hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question our every assumption about medical care today. Residency—and especially the first year, called internship—is legendary for its brutality. Working eighty hours or more per week, most new doctors spend their first year asking themselves why they wanted to be doctors in the first place.

Jauhar’s internship was even more harrowing than most: he switched from physics to medicine in order to follow a more humane calling—only to find that medicine put patients’ concerns last. He struggled to find a place among squadrons of cocky residents and doctors. He challenged the practices of the internship in the New York Times, attracting the suspicions of the medical bureaucracy. Then, suddenly stricken, he became a patient himself—and came to see that today’s high-tech, high-pressure medicine can be a humane science after all.

Now a thriving cardiologist, Jauhar has all the qualities you’d want in your own doctor: expertise, insight, a feel for the human factor, a sense of humor, and a keen awareness of the worries that we all have in common. His beautifully written memoir explains the inner workings of modern medicine with rare candor and insight.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 2/18/2014

    " He tells some great stories of his internship and residency years, and has some very interesting insights into various fields of medicine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/17/2014

    " This book doesn't have anything terribly great or terribly awful about it. I think this might be my most noncommittal review yet, and I'm sorry for that. I read through it in one sitting, so there is that going for it, but Dr. Jauhar seemed so far removed from his story. I guess that's understandable, seeing as it was written long after his intern year, but he describes things like meeting/dating/marrying his wife as though he was describing the mundane details of brushing his teeth. He's an excellent writer, but I couldn't find any passion in this book - for his wife or for his profession. He describes being ambivalent for the entire year, and that's exactly how I feel about this book. A decided meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren Hopkins | 1/15/2014

    " One of the better medical autobiographies I've read...and it's no wonder, because the author actually wrote medical articles for the NY Times while completing his internship and residency at NY Presbyterian Hospital. It reads like a regular autobiography, with a big attention on Jauhar's personal life during his internship rather than the strictly medical aspects, which was nice because books like these don't usually have a strong balance. It's interesting and his stories are great, making the book read like a page-turner. Perfect for people with an interest in medicine, but also great if you just want to sit back and read about someone's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tatiana | 12/6/2013

    " As far as I can tell a good description of life in the internship year. I found the author to be unlikeable, but the writing is good and it was fascinating. Finished it in a few days. "

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About the Author

Sandeep Jauhar, MD, PhD, is the director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is the author of Intern and writes regularly for the New York Times. He lives with his wife and their son and daughter on Long Island.