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Monday Mornings

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  2,480 ratings  ·  476 reviews
Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nette
Jun 08, 2012 Nette added it
I'm only two chapters in, but this book contains one of the funniest bad sentences I've ever come across so I want to memorialize it in case I don't finish (which is likely):

"He passed...the group of obstetricians trying to coax a young fetus to stay in its mother's womb..."

Are the older fetuses easier to persuade?
Ellie
Set in the state of Michigan, Monday Mornings follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings, often in front of their peers at the Morbidity and Mortality conferences held on Monday mornings. It is Monday mornings that provides a unique look at the real method in which surgeons learn – through their mistakes. It is Monday mornings when, if they're lucky, they have a chance at redemption.

I dec
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Britany
The pager vibrates... "311 6" the key that unlocks the world of Chelsea General. 311 is the room number at 6am on Monday mornings that the team of doctors meet, to right their wrongs, and learn from their mistakes.

Many different characters fill this book, each with their own personalities and flaws, interconnecting together, leaving the reader with snippets of the people behind the scenes in crisis, putting together the broken pieces of their patients.

Cannot believe the ending! Can't say any mor
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Carol
I really wanted to like this book because I really like Sanjay Gupta. I read this just after reading "When the Air Hits Your Brain" which was excellent so the comparison may be hindering my review here. But, this book badly needed a good editor first of all. There were many typos throughout and contradictions from one paragraph to the next. A tumor was benign in one sentence and cancerous in the next.

The characters were not really likable or memorable. I read this book a week ago and can't real
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Andrew
May 07, 2012 Andrew added it
As I am a surgical trainee, the characters feel very familiar from a personality standpoint. However, some of the situations in the book smacks of a ghost writer. Example #1 - I have never heard of any teaching hospital in America where there are no residents at M&M. In fact, to be a certified residency, all hospital sites from the community affiliate to the University flagship hospital must have a regularly scheduled surgical M&M conference which residents are required to attend.

Example
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Janet Whalen-Jones
Ensemble cast book about surgeons at a mythical hospital outside Ann Arbor. Gupta went to school at U of M,(oddly we were in the same dorm at the same time and I'm pretty sure we had a class together)thus I presume he invented Chelsea General to avoid any possible legal issues with setting the book at University of Michigan Medical Centers. The inner lives of a variety of Docs, mainly surgeons, are explored as they struggle with multiple challenges. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Ye ...more
Ashley
Save yourself 300 pages and watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy instead. Gupta's characters are flat and the plot lacks cohesion and direction. The writing isn't that good, either. And to add insult to injury, the medicine in this book, as well as the drama of the hospital setting feels disingenuous. It feels like Gupta was working so hard to create characters with high drama and emotional affect that he forgot a hospital has plenty of that already, and he needn't add wonton affairs (at least 6 c ...more
Becky Sandham Mathwin
Overall, I enjoyed "Monday Mornings." It provided an entertaining refresher on some medical conditions that I learned about in nursing school but had sort of forgotten about. It also dealt honestly and fairly with a very real issue...the fact that all medical providers-even excellent ones-make mistake sometimes. On the down side, the last third of the novel was very melodramatic-too many main characters having tragedy befall them all around the same time. It felt forced. Also, some of the main c ...more
Shari Larsen
In this novel by neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, we get a behind the scenes peek into the high stakes profession of neurosurgery. Sometimes, things go wrong, and they have to answer for those mistakes at Morbidity and Mortality conferences, held on Monday mornings, with the chief of surgery and their colleagues. The purpose of these meetings is to make them better surgeons, and prevent those mistakes from happening again.

Dr. Tyler Wilson suffers a serious crisis of c
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Louise
Grand Central Publishing | March 6, 2012 | Hardcover |ISBN 978-0-446-58385-5

Story Description:

Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back dro
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Stephanie
This book was not worth my time. It's a potentially interesting subject handled with the aplomb of a freshman creative writing student.

The characters are cardboard cutouts of real people. While each main character has his or her own story arc, these arcs don't intersect in any meaningful way, which left me feeling pretty unsatisfied. And none of the characters is sufficiently well-rounded enough to be satisfying in their own right.

While the book claims to be about Morbidity and Mortality meetin
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Sara
Ugh, Dr. Gupta needs to have his own M&M meeting to explain this book. A practicing neurosurgeon should not have so many mistakes in a book, even if it is a novel. He doesn't even know ACLS protocol (you can't shock a patient in asystole). Someone who doesn't know much about the medical field might enjoy this book, but I kinda doubt it. He presents too many characters and doesn't delve too deeply into any of their lives. He does try to, but he repeats a lot of each physician's story EVERY ti ...more
Jill
Sadly, Dr. Gupta understands a great deal about medicine but not so much about authentic dialogue or the creation of characters a reader can relate to as being "real people" to which he is able to form attahcments or generate other emotions, be they positive or negative. I was very disappointed that this novel read like a backdated rerun of "ER", right down to the identifiable personalities. Ty is the George Clooneyesque good looking playboy who has a crisis when a young patient dies in his care ...more
Diane S.
3.5 This book paints a very human face on the surgeons of the prestigious teaching hospital, Chelsea General. Interesting reading on the case histories of patients presented as well as the lives of these doctors. The book follows them through illnesses, regrets, affairs, mistakes, many which are exposed and answered for during the notorious and highly stressful Monday mornings. Interesting reading about the inner workings of this hospital and some of the moments were humorous as well.
Dana ****Reads Alot****
This book kept me up all night wanting to read more. It was truely fascinating and gave me such a more appreciation for doctors and surgeon's. These professionals deal with making a decision in a split second in the matter of life ir death and sometimes its the wrong call or other factors can go terribly wrong and its out of our hands and up to god. I would love to see this book become a television series.
♥ Sandi
I really enjoyed this book. It followed 5 doctors, their medical lives, their personal lives and their fear of medical mistakes. "Monday morning" refers to a text message and meeting exclusively for Drs - with one of them being chastized for a recent medical mistake - possibly a life threatening mistake. If this is not a current medical practice, it should be. I rated this book 4 stars.
Helen Dunn
I can't decide if two stars is generous or just right for this book.

The idea of a novel about high powered doctors and medical mysteries/disasters is an interesting one and I think I'd like to read a good book on the subject instead of this rushed one.

I know that "Monday Mornings" is being produced as a TV show and knowing that this novel totally reads like a screenplay idea. There are tons of BIG BOLD characters with BIG BOLD traits that they keep telling us about and they are all doing BIG BOL
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Laura Madsen
Very good fictional look at how doctors think, and the current state of medicine in the United States.

One quote:
When [Dr. Tina Ridgeway] was growing up, doctors were revered in the community. They were healers, civic leaders, wise men. They didn’t make as much money as many specialists these days, but patients treated their words as the gospel. They didn’t Google their symptoms and arrive at the doctor’s only after the supplements or other pop remedies failed. And if something went wrong, it was
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Roxanne
I am a fan of Dr. Gupta and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this book.

I have worked in the medical field for many years and "mistakes" are nothing new to me. There has never been a better time for patients to be educated and empowered.

This work of fiction revolves around several doctors who when necessary are paged for the dreaded "mistake" meeting. I thought each of the five main characters were believable and passionate in their own way to their profession of neurosurgery. Keep
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Dkattean
In his first novel, Dr. Gupta gives us a glimpse of the intimate lives - both at work and at play - of a group of elite neurosurgeons at a teaching hospital in southeast Michigan. Though they are from widely disparate backgrounds, what they have in common is extraordinary ambition, compassion, and talent. Every third Monday at 6 a.m., the chief of surgery summons them to Room 311 for the Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) conference, where one unlucky surgeon is forced to explain the decisions le ...more
Pr Latta
Gupta is the Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN and author of Cheating Death (a non-fiction title). In this book, he uses fiction to explore the realities of seeking excellence in medical care in hospitals - but in a television drama format. Monday Mornings refers to the "M&M," the Morbidity and Mortality review conference where the surgeons at the fictional Chelsea Hospital air their mistakes and hopefully learn from them. Gupta gives a clear picture of good intentions and how good doctors ...more
Rick Bavera
Being a "fan" of Sanjay Gupta's reporting on CNN, I looked forward to reading his book, Monday Mornings.

I found the story of Chelsea General Hospital, set in Michigan, to be one that held my attention. I found the story of Monday mornings, where the surgeons talked about cases that had problems, and learned from those problems, an educational one for me and for the characters.

There are five main characters in the book, surgeons, who we come to care about. One, Dr. George Villanueva, is the one
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Ginger Williams
Monday morning is when the surgeons at Chelsea General get together for Morbidity and Mortality reviews - and look out! This is a no-holds-barred session. Gee, if the average surgeon made as many huge errors as this group, I'm never getting near an OR again!

This book is messy and unrealistic -- would some of the best surgeons in the world make such basic errors? Including the revered Chief of Surgery operating on the wrong side of the brain? Or a superstar neurosurgeon neglecting to order a basi
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Michelle
Much better than I'd have expected from the chief physician of CNN, especially given all the hoopla on the cover about "NYTimes Bestseller!" Perhaps I should have expected more from someone who, via his CNN experience, probably knows what people want. The characters were interesting and not too unrealistic. The interplay of doctors and patients, especially the various patients presenting with hard-to-diagnose symptoms was satisfying.
Marcia
I had high hopes for this due to the subject matter, but the story is badly written, badly edited, or both. We go from looking at a woman's office, then focusing in on her family photos, then focusing on one particular photo of a group of people. The people are looking at a book... oh wait, no they aren't. The antecedent of "they", it turns out, is the woman and her co-worker, not the people in the picture.

Was going to push myself to finish, but the characterization of the Korean surgeon followe
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Lisa
Characters don't just clench their jaw, they flex their masseter muscle...it isn't just nerves causing nausea but epinephrine coursing through veins and constricting blood flow to the stomach...this is my kind of book! Written by a doctor it satisfied my nerdy side as well as my literary side.

While there really isn't a meaty story to this book, it is filled with interesting characters in the medical field who show their humanity with mistakes, regrets and struggles that are nicely tied up by the
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Mark Flowers
Why does it seem that every fictional doctor is the World's Best Neurosurgeon or Diagnostician or whatever, and works at the Premier Teaching Hospital in America? And they are constantly doing Groundbreaking Procedures and Very Important Clinical Trials. And every few days they seem to learn Important Life Lessons. Do they think that if we focused on the characters instead of the impossibilities of the medicine we would get bored? In Gupta's case - he was right.
Marie
I really enjoyed this book. It is a factual account of several highly respected neurosurgeons, their lives and their challenges personally. There are many doctors and nurses who dedicate their time and energies to being the best at what they do. This book talked about their successes and failures and their struggle to accept that they are not infallible.
Amy
i watched the tv version of this book during the spring and really liked it, so when i saw the book i snatched it up. a lot of the medical cases from the show were taken directly from the novel, but there are many things that happen to the medical staff that haven't happened. . . yet. and i hope they don't! good read. :)
Ritu
Jan 17, 2014 Ritu rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Bad things happen to good people - this sentence gets repeated in this book. Chealse hospital is the setting, a University hospital in Michigan, where the best doctors in the country compete to get in. The hospital is known for its nuerosurgeons - one of the best in the country. Monday mornings is when the chief of the surgeons calls all its top surgeons at 6am and one of the doctor gets to confess a case that went bad. The doctor gets grilled by peers and superiors and no one makes any bones ab ...more
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Sanjay Gupta is an American physician and a contributing CNN chief health correspondent based in Atlanta, Georgia. An assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, he is also a frequent guest on the news program Anderson Cooper 360°. "Charity Hospital" won a 2006 Emmy Award for Outst ...more
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