By Dr Robert Marion is a mere diary consisting of complaints after complaints about the hardships an Intern goes through on a daily basis for 12 months. The author, Robert Marion is a professor of paediatrics, obstetrics, and gynaecology. He acts as the narrator on a seldom basis throughout the book allowing the three interns to interject and take control of the narration as they describe their day and the strenuous sleepless nights they dread but must endure.
Tales of the three interns may appear pessimistic as they accept the deaths of patients, map out the outline of various wards, clinics, and hospitals whilst delving into the countless rotations, the argumentative nurses, and overall the emotional and physical demands required from a doctor all during the residency programme. I didn’t appreciate how their accounts were told due to the depressive attitude repeated by all three interns in every entry posed. The interns can’t wait to get ‘rid’ of some patients they see. Nevertheless It’s an accurate representation of what medicine really entails more so the life of a resident in America. Hence I took it as an informative journal from each of the interns. Medical terms found throughout are explained in terms of definition and that’s one thing that I like, being able to understand and add to my vocabulary terms that are relevant in the field.
I haven’t read much into the book. I feel that I am getting the gist of the forthcoming entries way too soon. I guess one can only hope it gets better. I’m trying to read during this summer break to broaden my view on medicine as well as learning about the field. One of my favourite author with respect to medicine and surgery is the surgeon Atul Gawande. I highly recommend his books, especially the ‘Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science’ which is just gripping. The clear writing format is free from any medical jargon, making it understandable for readers that are not practising or studying medicine.
Before I sign out, I must admit I am new to blogging and will try my very best to post weekly. If my posts are quite boring – as it is the summer break, I’m always open to suggestions and recommendations of any reads that I could review on.
Catch you next time!
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “if you believe, all things are possible to him who believes.