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Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
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Jan 26, 2011

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A great first plus Giller prize for Dr. Lam,, it gives one a good insight as to how to go about getting into medical school, never be satisfied with just 80% 100% is a must
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 story away, the book consists of several stories, which are interconnected, it follows the lives of the students, interns who then become Dr.s off course Dr Lam being a surgeon himself has had an insight into the workings of hospitals, he deals with the SARS outbreak, he mentions patients who come into the emergency department, and really are not clear why they are there, what their problem is, how long they have had it, all in all a great read, with great insights into human beings, and a health care system.
I am amazed at times that there are people in this world as is in Dr Lam.s ( who by the way is from Vietnamese origing) is a brilliant surgeon and a author as well
In our bookclub we talked as we have on previous ocassions about Giller prize winners, although not in this case, some winners seem to have had connections with members of the Canadian Authors Establishment, there were some comments about Dr Lam meeting Margaret Atwood, whose praising comments are listed on the book
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