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Critical Care: A Novel

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Dr. Peter Werner Ernst is an internal medicine resident at a major hospital's intensive care unit. He functions on eight hours of sleep for every three shifts at work. Overseeing the care of eight patients, Dr. Ernst's job is to keep death at bay--at least until the day shift comes on, and any potential death goes on someone else's record.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 15th 1996 by Picador (first published 1992)
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Louise
A compelling but often humorous look at the life of an Internal medicine resident at a major hospital. Dr. Peter Werner Ernst is supposedly to prevent those in his care from dying or at least he hopes he can accomplish that during his shift. His involvement with a relative of a patient brings into question is integrity and his ability to perform his job. Quite a spikingly humorous book!

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Kelly
The story is fairly simple on the surface, but more complex beneath. A young doctor is faced with a choice--he's fooled into having to make it, and his naivete regarding the issue is quite stunning. But, it's also endearing, and a big part of why this book is so engaging.

The dark humour had me laughing, despite mild horror, then, invariably, I'd turn the page and frown against the urge to weep. The ending was perfect.

This is a great first novel. The language is precise and easy to read, even th...more
Leif Erik
Read this right after his White Man's Grave. Shot through with a bleak kind of humor that I love. Have recommended it to a couple of doctors and they found it amusing too.
Kesa
May 13, 2009 Kesa is currently reading it
Cute movie with Helen Mirren. Saw the book on sale for $1. That's about all I got to say 'bout that!!!
Laurie
quick read...satire
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