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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