Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
5:25 - Suddenly awake
A face, a curtain pulled aside, I can't see who.
"Yeah I'm awake!" A panic, a heart-pounding proclamation, "I'm awake." Did I say that twice? I'm not sure what I said and what I dreamt.
"Brady at thirty. Pressure of fifty on nothing, ETA three minutes."
The voice I think it's a n...more
The twelve short stories are linked by four recurring characters: Dr. Fitzgerald,Dr.Chen who marries Dr.Ming,and Dr.Sri.They are young ambitious Toronto medical students who graduate and practice medicine in their respective specialties,their hectic lives are connecte...more
However. It still had the various issues that make me not really care for the short story as a form. Although you do get some insight, in the context of whatever the current situation being painted is, you don't really get to kn...more
A great insight into different cultures, Ming who is Chinese, is driven through her family to reach her highest potential, along the way she shacks up with Fitzgerald, who turns out to have problems, Ming is so organized and sets a schedule for Fitzgerald which does not allow him any free time, not wanting to give the whole st...more
Some very good true to life medical stories, mixes with some not so great fiction character studies. Worth a read overall though.
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures welcomes readers into a world where the most mundane events can quickly become life or death. By following four young medical students and physicians – Ming, Fitz, Sri and Chen – this debut collection from 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Vincent Lam is a riveting, eye-opening account of what it m...more
Vincent Lam joins the ranks of doctor-writers with his award-winning debut novel. Compared to the popular TV dramas Grey's Anatomy, House, and ER, Bloodletting (set to become a Canadian TV drama itself) offers an intriguing look at na_
The character of Fit...more
From back cover:
"Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures is an astonishing literary debut, a collection of mature and intricate stories connected through the relationships that develop among a group of young doctors as they move from the challenges of med school to the intense world of emergency rooms, evac missions, and t...more
I also had it loaned (and recommended further) by a work peer.
It is a series of chapters that can both stand on their own and be part of a larger nar...more
I admit, I was dreading starting this book, I was afraid that it would be dull and I would struggle to read it. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading each short story. I tend not to like short stories because I feel that I cannot connect to the characters, but...more
As a health professional, I really enjoyed this book, as it didn't 'dumb down' the medicine. But it can still be enjoyed by others, thanks to a concise but good glossary at the back of the book.
The only complaint I have is that we didn't really get closure of the characters, only speculation, and that we see more of some c...more
There definately was not as much closure with each of the characters as I would like. There is a lot of speculation and guessing that had to be made in order to really figure out what happened to a character. Also there is a strong charcter change in Fitzgarald from the progressing medical student who actually looked like he was progressing forward to the alchoholic who just wanted to give up in l...more