Monday, April 30, 2012
In the world of hospitals, doctors, surgeons, and specialists, Monday mornings are a time of stress, nerves, and evaluation. This is the time when these people gather to go over fatalities and mistakes that have happened at the institution, and to discuss what could have been done, what should have been done. "Morbidity & Mortality", it's called.
Monday Mornings by Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a fictionalized account of what happens in these meetings. It follows a number of surgeons and doctors who are all, at one time or another, the focus. They have all had a tragedy, mistake, or fatality with one of their patients. Sometimes, one doctor might be the focus at more than one meeting.
Yes, this does happen in real life. But this is a novel. I've seen many bad reviews for Dr. Gupta's book. People saying it's not realistic, etc. I am not a doctor, so I don't know if some of the portrayals and scenarios were over the top or not. But I did like the book. It was entertaining, it was interesting, and I liked the characters. And I do like the medical genre.
So, judge for yourself. If you're looking for a factual account of a real-life Monday morning, this might not be the book for you. If you like medical fiction mixed with a good story line, this is a good read.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the chief medical correspondent for CNN, and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.