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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  12,928 ratings  ·  475 reviews
Writing with all the passion of "Love Story" and power of "The Class," Erich Segal sweeps us into the lives of the Harvard Medical School's class of 1962. His stunning novel reveals the making of doctors--what makes them tick, scheme, hurt . . . and love. From the crucible of med school's merciless training through the demanding hours of internship and residency to the tri ...more
Paperback, 675 pages
Published July 19th 1989 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read the hardcover version of this book, which was 679 pages. I started it on a Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. and finished it at 1:00 p.m. the next day. If that doesn't say a lot about the quality of the book, I don't know what does!

Erich Segal continues to amaze me with his storytelling abilities. Not only are his plots interesting, but he makes you really identify with the characters. There are no outlandish plot twists or soap opera dramas - just multi-dimensional characters try
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
We can never imagine what kind of life lies ahead of us and this book made me realize that we can never say "never", "I will" or "I can" not until we are right at that very moment wherein we need to make a decision(rational or not). Yes, we can determine what we want to be in the future but we can never foresee the things and changes that we are to encounter. We can do nothing but to choose, and even by just making 1 wrong choice will change something sometime everything and the future will be f ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"There are thousands of diseases in the world, but Medical Science only has an empirical cure for twenty-six of them. The rest is... guesswork."


Doctors focuses on the lives of Barney Livingston and Laura Castellano, from when they were kindergartners to them being medstudents and their journey as full pledged doctors. This book gives such a great insight on those aspiring to don the white coat someday.

"All of a sudden,someday.
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: golden
A very well written book, i think one of the rare books that i read in one go. It gives a good description about the daily lives of doctors and their profession. Based on the life of Barney Livingston and Laura Castellano (best of friends). The book is mainly based on their journey through school, medical college and their respective fields. The ups and downs, the rise and fall, the realisations they have. It takes many years for them to realise that what they have is more than friendship. They ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love every sentence in it. An extremely well-written story which, as a medical student, I could completely relate - with the characters, the trials and tribulations one face through med school life and the weird and nice ones we get as classmates. It also talks about the dog-eat-dog world out there waiting as soon as one shall begin practicing.
For a non medical reader, you'll relish the story and find newfound respect for doctors. For the ones already in the healing profession, its an eye-opene
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gives a good peek into what happens in a medical school and how much labour is required to be a doctor. It is also a very emotional and romantic story. I liked it immensely. Hope u will too.
Em*Greedy* (Iniya)
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread was way better than the initial read... One of my top favorites..
Pradnya K.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book. I don't know why I didn't learn about it earlier. Breezy read yet it compels reader to think of mad ways of the world. At many points I could relate as the issues still matter in today's world. The characters are very convincing and well crafted. I especially liked the way they enter after a certain time, completely unexpected yet perfectly fit in the plot. There are many good dialogues and quotes that I kept highlighting. After I finished the book I came to know that the author ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at a second hand sale. Despite having read it about five years ago and not having been too impressed, I decided to give it another go.

The reasons for my reluctance remained: namely the cliche nature of Erich Segal's characters. I have also read "The Class" and there are similarities as to how he develops his characters in both these books: the gorgeous lead female with brains, the class nerd, the handsome jock, the overachievers, the boy next door, the eventual romance tha
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am a big fan of Eric Segal. His books have always been touching and had great influence in my life. He has always been one of my favorite authors. One thing we need to understand that doctors are also human beings and bear the pressures of life and long duty hours which makes their jobs more challenging but seeing the passion for their profession is really remarkable. Every day they live a new life whenever they save the wounded, frustrated and disheveled patients. How may emotions they pass t ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first read this book I was quite touched with the passion with which Doctors treat their patients..The story revolves around a group of Harvard med school students who have to go through the rigrous training of becoming a doctor.. Some faint during the anatomy classes while a dead body is being disected to study the various human parts.. This reminds me of the incidence when one of my classmates fainted during my 12th science grade biology lab session ..The teacher was disecting a rat and ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Reading books set in medical schools always intrigue me and doctors is all about HMS life AND it is written by Erich Segal so that means....I TOTALLY LOVED THE BOOK.
But despite my prejudices,It gives an almost realistic view of a doctor's life.
Asghar Abbas
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Sweeping. Excellent.

See, finally they put someone with a lot of soul in a house that's far from white.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this epic novel. True, while it's not set in some vast fantastic middle earth or even in the romantic South of the 1864 civil war, it spans decades and thoroughly depicts the lives of men and women in the medical field and reveals every dark aspect about it.
I think it's quite accurate overall when it comes to portrayal of the characters' lives: through admission interviews, where you must find a way to thoroughly impress your interviewer, sometime spending a horrible amount of time
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They had always been brothers. But that summer they became friends

I love Erich Segal and thereby this review is probably (read: definitely) biased.
Doctors is one of those books that you not just read over a period, but you crawl into and live in between the pages.

Like all of Segal's books, this one revolves around Harvard - It's medical school to be precise - and the class of '62. This tells the story of the kind, hopeful kids that came in and the brilliant but neurotic doctors that walked out.
Michelle D’costa
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A brilliant book. Erich segal keeps you hooked to the plot and characters. He explores the characters and their relationships in a genuine manner.

I was addicted to Robin Cook's medical thrillers in school. I have religiously watched every episode of Grey's Anatomy. As a teen I watched many surgeries on Reality TV and aspired to be one someday. To be present at the heart of change and innovation. I realised after some time it was only a fascination with the profession and I wouldn't h
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: started
The absolutely final update:

There's a great deal I could say about the politics of this book, most of it grim, so I'll skip a treatise on the profound value of human life.

I saw a quote recently, that "messages are for postcards," but Segal apparently never got that memo. Emotionally and apparently medically shallow, every character in the book has a different trivial agenda, while being given essentially the same voice.

I once stumbled onto a hallway of recent
Marwa Shafique
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
"There are thousands of diseases in the world, but Medical Science only has an empirical cure for twenty-six of them. The rest is... guesswork."

Loved reading this book! A definite must read for those interested in medicine.
Paul Goina
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, life, americans
I read this book in 2 days and I want to read it again and again...
I also enjoyed the idea that 2 best friends to became lovers. It's a motivational book for those who want a med career, like me, and I recommend it for everyone. My favorite book so far.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Ross-Barry Finlayson.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Novels, like 'Doctors', make me enjoy reading this type of book. Not only is this well written, but it also gave me an insight into the world of the Doctor, and the training they must endure to become qualified.
Tarini Chandrashekhar
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Because, Hank, neuroses aren't like viruses, they aren't identifiable things that float around in the air
They come from a definite place and that place is a four-letter word called 'home'."

At an odd 700 pages, Doctors, is just hard to put down, and how could one, when the author's prowess and ownership of the prose is such, that makes the characters live out a sizeable chunk of their lives in front of our eyes. That is the power of his prose, it just reels you in, and ma
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was absolutely riveting, beginning to end. Shockingly read and transformed like a real, massive epic.

I mean, truly, the genuine, painstakingly crafted character development of these four doctors. From their childhood years to the formative years of medicine.

You feel their anger at the injustices and negligence and lack of empathy of their colleagues, their sheer fulfillment of their art and science, the depression and dissatisfaction with living an
Paula Dembeck
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barney Livingston and Laura Castellano are neighbours as well as close friends. Both want to be doctors and after graduating from high school they enter Harvard Medical School in 1958. He wants to be a psychiatrist and she want to be a pediatrician.

There are several other characters we are introduced to in their class. All have different motivations for entering the medical field. They include Bennett Landsmann, a Rhodes Scholar and the black son adopted into a wealthy Jewish family; Hank Benne
Lynxie Brat
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In alot of ways this is my favorite books by Segal. My only complaint about it is that the multiple charecters aren't balanced, (where as in Prizes they were more balanced out.) It concerns 4 people directly, Barney,(who is the lead/catalyst for the story.)Laura,Bennet and Seth.
Seth's charecter is the one left out in the cold, so to speak, but also one who has the most to lose: his integrety.

Other then that though. this book is classic Segal, laughter,sorrow, and at times so he
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is Almost Eriich Segal 's nonfiction based on his Harverd Medical School resident experiance and get marry with his girlfriend who went go through elementary sweet hart.
it was so interesting about how mysterical about medical treeatments since no human is nothing compare to LORD cure for ileness , sickness and desease, even in distress. according to Erich Herverd Medical school graduate famous Love Story author many unknown things to medical fields in Human being. He is very hummble a
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: genre-fiction
Story about a bunch of doctors who meet in medical school and where their lives take them. Two of them are best friends from a very young age and their relationship over three decades.

With dramatic twists and life choices, it all comes to a point where the best friends have to make choices involving their family. Old friends come to picture and ending is how the tone of the story is - happy verging on bittersweet.
Minty McBunny
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books of all time. So much of what I know about the medical profession came from this book, or research this book spurred me to do.

I read it for the first time at age 13 and have probably read it at least 20 times since.

It is always on my list of "desert island' books. To me it's the best book Segal ever wrote and one that I will be reading again and again for the rest of my life.
Aparna Bhat
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book that highlighted the ups and downs on the journey to becoming a doctor. What I liked most about the book was that it covered not just what you'd expect (ex. going to classes, dissecting cadavers, etc.) but also the ethical and social justice issues that existed not only at that time, but also today.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A rich source of inspiration, a wonderful work of art, and a story I wish I could own. Grateful beyond words to have read this at a time when I most needed upliftment and a renewal of faith in learning, loving, and healing.
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