The Disillusionment of An American Physician

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In his acclaimed memoir Intern , Sandeep Jauhar chronicled the formative years of his residency at a prestigious New York City hospital. Doctored , his New York Times bestselling harrowing follow-up, observes the crisis of American medicine through the eyes of an attending cardiologist.

Hoping for the stability he needs to start a family, Jauhar accepts a position at a massive teaching hospital on the outskirts of Queens. With a decade's worth of elite medical training behind him, he is eager to settle down and reap the rewards of countless sleepless nights. Instead, he is confronted with sobering truths. Doctors' morale is low and getting lower. Blatant cronyism determines patient referrals, corporate ties distort medical decisions, and unnecessary tests are routinely performed in order to generate income. Meanwhile, a single patient in Jauhar's hospital might see fifteen specialists in one stay and still fail to receive a full picture of his actual condition.

Provoked by his unsettling experiences, Jauhar has written an introspective memoir that is also an impassioned plea for reform. With American medicine at a crossroads, Doctored is the important work of a writer unafraid to challenge the establishment and incite controversy.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, ©2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374141394
Branch Call Number: 610.92 JAU 2014
Characteristics: 268 pages


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Jul 23, 2016

This book is more of an expose` than a memoir. The state of affairs of the American Medical system as illustrated here is really sad. Unfortunately every country's medical system is headed that way. Doctors will no longer be able to get pleasure in treating patients and caring for them; instead they will become form-filling, malpractice fearing robots. An interesting if somewhat morbid book.

Jan 14, 2015

I didn’t read Jauhar’s Intern but I’m going to go to the library to get it. What a fascinating look at the challenges of practicing medicine in America and how the doctor’s financial life has changed. His writing is superb and gives me lots to think about. Insurance controls doctor’s lives as well as the patients. So much more time is spent recording and checking what insurance allows. How can a doctor who cares about his patients survive in a system that works on billable hours?

rowanquincy Nov 28, 2014

I left this book hoping none of the doctors in it would ever cross my path. The author complains about everything throughout the book, from his financial problems, his family, his patients, the medical system, and offers few suggestions for solutions.

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