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The Year of the Intern

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,128 ratings  ·  68 reviews
The nurse's voice on the phone is desperate, but young Dr. Peters, in his first weeks of internship, is only bone-tired and a little afraid. He has forgotten when he last slept. Yet he knows that in the coming hours he will have to make life-or-death decisions regarding patients, assist contemptuous surgeons in the operating room, deal with nurses who may know more than he ...more
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Published September 1st 1973 by Signet (first published 1972)
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☠ Daniel
Como bien lo dice el Dr. Cook, el Dr. interno Peters no es un médico interno en particular sino que es la mayoría de los médicos internos y con un poco de suerte el 100%.

El Dr. interno Peters tiene que sobrevivir un año de intenso trabajo mal remunerado con pocas herramientas a su disposición y grandes obstáculos que vienen en las más caprichosas presentaciones: cirujanos ególatras, médicos adscritos "a la antigüita", pacientes problemáticos y tercos. De cualquier modo su internado en Hawai le p
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Col. Smith
It was a nostalgic read. I remembered my internship completed a decade and a half ago. Peter starts as a new surgery intern who is wrought out by the day to day problems of surgical ICU and trauma care centres with hoards of surgeries, dressings, sutures etc. piling up, faster than he can finish them. He is too exhausted even to think about his work. He has to deal with life threatening situations, mostly alone, with minimal help from superiors. How he survives the year of internship and emerges ...more
Kirstin
I think this one earned only two stars because of mismanaged expectations. I pick up a Robin Cook and I expect a medical thriller. I kept reading and reading waiting for the story to pick up but the torrent of medical stories kept coming and coming. I finally flipped over to the back cover and realized that this is really a precursor to the medical blog and not a thriller at all. Some of the medical stories were interesting but there was a bit of repetition of ideas and I really could have done ...more
Joe
I hope Robin Cook got it all out here. This book is a constant gripe against medical school, the inadequate training that interns get during 24 hour shifts where mistakes get made and private doctors deliberately obscure the training that interns are there to receive. Cook says this book is a true story, fictional characters, but this is really the way it is. The medical student with high ideals is spit out the end of the year of internship demoralized, disillusioned and disrespectful. Even thou ...more
Lloyd
Technically a fiction book, but in the introduction, Cook says that most of the chronicles of the year of protagonist Dr. Peters' internship were actual experiences of him and his friends.

This book deftly shows us in one fell swoop how unsure some medical practices are and how absolutely doggedly young interns must press on through their first year before becoming residents.

It's all at once frightening, compelling, and educational. Cook doesn't curb the medical lingo, but still keeps it readable
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Susana Luna
Me gustó este libro porque retrata el sentir, los temores, los sueños de los jóvenes futuros médicos. Sin embargo, el "sistema" acaba por destruir los ideales que esos jóvenes tienen y van cayendo todos en la "mediocridad" por así decirlo. Por otro lado, ahora comprendo más la forma de ser de ciertos médicos (no todos son iguales)a quienes uno considera algo inhumanos, pero hay que ponerse en los zapatos de ellos: tampoco pueden estar cargando con los problemas de todos y cada uno de sus pacient ...more
Laurie Stoll
I read this book probably 30 years ago. I was quite young at the time I first read The Year of the Intern. With the passage of 30 years, life experiences, maturity, etc., I chose to re-read this book.

Although this book was published in 1973, I imagine much of this story is still fairly accurate. Of course, science and technology have advanced by leaps and bounds, I believe the life of a medical student, intern, and then resident depicted here are still fairly accurate.

One of my "life experiences
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Gretchen Stokes
Essential to understand the brain and personality change that is part of becoming a MD.
Gisele
Cook y yo tenemos una relacion de tira y afloja. Este es el 4to libro que he leido de él y mientras algunos de sus libros son excelentes como "Epidemia" otros decepcionan. Pero, "Medico Interno" no es un th
riller, no es una historia con dramatismo y conspiracion medica. Medico Interno son las memorias del Dr. Cook y de muchos otros durante sus años como internos. Y en la cual -en algunas partes hasta el momento- me reflejo. La carrera de Medicina es dificil, angustiante, desgastadora pero creanl
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Miguel Soto
Hace tiempo que no leía un libro más o menos contemporáneo y que lograra emocionarme. Este librito lo logró, desde el principio me enganché con la historia y no pude parar de leerlo. Las experiencias del protagonista consiguieron que modificara (un poco) mi idea sobre los médicos, ahora creo entender en cierta medida las actitudes que uno encuentra entre los representantes de su profesión.

Por otra parte, esta lectura también me permitió cuestionarme sobre las vicisitudes de la formación del psic
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Shonali
Summary of the book : Silas Marner , a wrongly accused weaver makes a new home for himself at Raveloe and comes to acquire a small fortune which he guards very dearly. When he gets robbed of his treasure he feels that nothing good can ever happen in his life. Until a little girl with golden hair ends up on his door step. The girl whom he names Eppie becomes the centre of his life only to be brought face to face with a reality that threatens to take Eppie out of his life.

Things I liked about this
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Vicki G
If you work in allied health care, this book brings back memories of what doing clinical interns was like.
I'm not a doctor but, as a paramedic, you have to have a certain number of hours working w/ actual patients before you're allowed to get your license.
You have to work in both the emergency room and the operating room, mostly as an observer, but you have to intubate patients who are under anesthesia.
That was my favorite kind of patient as an intern, b/c everybody was too afraid to let me do a
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Cardinal Hunted
Libro fantástico si quieres estudiar Medicina en el futuro, o ya lo estas haciendo. No me resulto fácil de leer ya que a veces trataba temas de poco interés personal como algo importantísimo en la trama. No lo veo como una novela, lo considero más bien un libro informativo, un libro que te explica casi a la perfección como es un año de internado en un hospital. A fin de cuentas, está genial. Lo recomiendo. He pasado muy buenos momentos con el a pesar de que la baja puntuación que le he dado. Me ...more
Jennifer
The Year of the Intern reads like a non-fiction memoir-like account of a medical intern. It focuses on the dull, day to day life of an intern that we've all seen countless times on medical television shows like ER. Robin Cook fans are used to his fast-paced thrillers and this early book is nothing like his more recent novels.

The Year of the Intern looks at the stressful and exhausting job a surgical intern has. The book focuses on Dr. Peters' fear and his grief at the loss of patients. It's disc
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Wall of Words
I'm hoping to get into medical school, which especially made this book impotent for me. The story of an Intern at a Hawaiian hospital. This story is humorous, darkly introspective and opens up the world and mind of the average intern. Being on-call, dealing with death, coping with a social life (or lack of one). This is a book that I have already read twice and shall keep on my Favorites list for many years to come.
Crosby
I became a Robin Cook fan when a former student who was the wife of a local physician suggested I read "Mutation" many years ago. I did and it was and is one of my favorite science fiction books. Year of the Intern is one of his oldest books. He is a physician and wrote this book in a semi-autobiographical manner describing the internship year of a medical doctor back when the 80 hours per week limit was not in place. It is a book full of the medical experiences of a first year physician and pul ...more
Nick Mahieu
Niet zeker onder welk genre ik dit boek moet catalogeren. Het lijkt me een soort aanklacht van de schrijver tegen de medische wereld. Als de aanklacht terecht zou zijn, dan doet het zeker de wenkbrauwen fronsen en kunnen we alleen maar hopen dat in de tussentijd (geen recent boek) de situatie grondig veranderd is. Heb niet echt genoten van dit boek, maar door de vlotte schrijfstijl van Cook kreeg ik het toch vlot uitgelezen.
Barbra
Back Cover Blurb:
'Dr Peters, the patient has stopped breathing and doesn't have a pulse!'
The nurse's voice on the phone is desperate, but young Dr Peters, in his first weeks of internship, is only bonetired and a little afraid. He has forgotten when he last slept. Yet he knows that in the coming hours he will have to make life-or-death decisions regarding patients, assist contemptuous surgeons in the operating room, deal with nurses who may know more than he does, cope with worried relatives and
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Whitepixels
A semi-autobiographical novel chronicling a year of a medical resident in a Honolulu hospital, based on Cook's (and his colleagues') experiences as an intern. It is exciting and compelling, and also shows the stress and frequent disillusions of internship. Perhaps my favourite by Cook.
Roberta
I read Cook's medical thrillers, and I like them. As many others around here I was surprised to learn that his first book is more of a memoir.
Peters live through his intern year in a way less fashionable than his colleagues in Greys' Anatomy, but the story is much more interesting. TV is presenting us young wannabes full of stamina, and passion, and motivation, no matter how many hours of sleep they get at night. This intern, however, needs to sleep. He needs to shave. He needs to keeps his hea
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James
Things that I liked: that it was preachy, that it was flat and lifeless in keeping with its theme
Things I didn't like: not much, actually, although I didn't exactly love it

It's interesting that the book is flat and lifeless, that the character of the doctor is flat and lifeless, because this book is semi-autobiographical. It seems like the process of becoming an MD could make you that kind of writer.

What can a year do to a person?

The last part of the book, the preachiest part, was fascinating. T
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Jennifer Nelson
Very interesting how it portrays the life of a doctor just starting out. The many lows and highs they experience in their first year is eye opening.
Jayshree Gohil
Read "A year of the Intern" by Robin Cook... so true to its words. It indeed felt like a year of an intern. Hardcore medical intricacies and intern melodrama. Read 65 pages and just couldn't finish it. Felt as if I was living the life and sadly frustrating. On to my next book.. Toxin by Robin Cook, and so far liking it :)
Debra Barstad
This book was interesting because it examined what interns go through while becoming doctors. Its hard to believe that such a profession makes a person work as much as they do as interns without sleep and be able to diagnosis patients correctly. I would question the outcome if it were me and it was apparent that the doctor was half asleep while working on me. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to see how we as a society take interns for granted and and to see what they go through d ...more
Sarah Jowett
Even though it's dated, this is Robin Cook's fabulous first book. Although the main character is a work of fiction, he is admittedly a mix of the author's own experiences in medical school and internship as well as other medical student's experiences.

A brutal look at the medical teaching environment outside of the classroom, when an intern with little practical knowledge and training is left to field 100+ patients over a 24 hr shift, I would love to know how, or if, anything has changed since th
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Sadaf Gani
so relatable...simply loved the book....his struggle, frustration, emotional dilemma, triumph and finally survival as an intern to resident..the book succeeds in telling how the system kills the empathy in you at some or the other time...although the intern seemed very frivolous and careless at times to me..like when he wasnt sure whether his patient was dead or alive,he could have simply got an EKG and confirmed rather than speculating....anyway i loved his hilarious acts in his ER posting... : ...more
Jane
I like hospital shows, so I was a sucker for this book. It provides and interest look into the mind of an intern, making realize that doctors don't know as much as we think they know and they don't care as much as we think they care. Also interesting is that this book was published in 1972, but a new intern at the end of the book complains about what's wrong with the health care system and then proceeds to outline a plan surprisingly similar to Barack Obama's. Hmmmm.
Keshav Jindal
Well, i just finished my internship a few days ago.(Hopefully). What i think makes this a great book is the truth it still holds in the present scenario. The questions asked in the end by Mr. Cook were worth pondering upon. What stops me from giving it 5 stars, is because of the fact that the dilemmas he faces are not presented in full view. It could have been presented in a better way. Still, a must read for every medical intern, and a good read for others.
Sadie
I read this while still in high school, since I already knew I wanted to be a doctor. After reading this book, I was still unfazed and knew that I wanted those 36 hour shifts and craziness of all the internships. For the typical person, I would still probably rate this a 4 star book - just so that you can better understand where your doctor is coming from and why he deserves to get paid as much as he does...
Diego Escudero Graver
OK... Peters era un medi estudiante empezando su internado con sueños ilusiones y el sistema lo corrompió, historia que ya he escuchado antes, y seguramente es verdad.Parte pensando en los pacientes y termina saliendo pensando en que auto comprarse :P
Me imagino que no debe estar muy alejado de esta época (el libro igual tiene sus años) y de donde vivo (aunque grite a gringo el libro).
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Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who combined medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. Several of his books have been b
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