Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Twelve interwoven stories follow the lives of a group of young doctors as they make their way from medical school to the world of emergency rooms, evacuation missions, and research into new viruses, dealing with challenges and moral dilemmas along the way.

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Twelve interwoven stories follow the lives of a group of young doctors--Fitz, Ming, Chen, and Sri--as they make their way from medical school to the world of emergency rooms, evacuation missions, and research into chilling new viruses, dealing with a host of challenges and moral dilemmas along the way. A first novel. Winner of the 2006 Giller Prize. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Weinstein Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781602860001
Branch Call Number: Fiction Lam
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 25, 2016

Lam’s characters are complicated and flawed, fallible humans who have been trusted with unthinkable responsibility, and faced with terrible dilemmas. This adds depth to the rich detail of the author’s own medical experience, making for an intriguing collection. Full review:

Jul 15, 2013

I really enjoyed this. The way the stories were presented were wonderful, and the characters were very lifelike and believable. It was less of what you would call a story and more of brief glimpses of several doctors at various points in their lives. Intriguing and entertaining :)

Jan 10, 2013

A surprising treat, as I had not been seized by the description of the book. I loved how the snapshots told throughout the book brought out the fears and hopes of the various personalities and how their lives intertwined. The story about SARS was especially gripping. I couldn't put the book down. A highly-recommended read!

Nov 16, 2012

Not good

jennywile Nov 16, 2012

Not sure about the plot of this title.

Nov 14, 2012

Really enjoyed this one. Would recommend it. Rich characters and a good story.

Aug 04, 2012

I liked this book for its simple language, without unnecessary lusciousness and "play" with the words, which are very much present in the literature: you read and you think - what is that all mean? Here - is just an interesting and simple reading. Simple but not plain. It is hard to be a doctor, but it is hard to be a patient too.

Jul 11, 2012

I don't consider myself to be a bookworm, nor do I consider myself a reader. It did manage to grab my full attention throughout the book.

Jul 02, 2012

If you like the episodes of the TV show, "Dr. House", you will like this book. It's not really a collection of short stories as there is a continuation of the characters, medical doctors, from the start and to the end of their careers.While showing the interconnectedness of the lives of these three young medical students and, then, finally as doctors in Toronto, the author interjects many episodes of patients needing their medical help. It was a joy to read this book due to the excellent writing skills of Mr. Lam and his insight into the human condition, no doubt, gained from his experience as a doctor.

kenyo123 Apr 26, 2012

I enjoyed all the stories, although I don't normally read short stories.

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Aug 25, 2016

Four young medical school students start out on the road to becoming doctors, sure of their nobility of purpose and their calling, the real and trying rigours of the medical profession still ahead of them. Ming, Fitz, Sri, and Chen come from different backgrounds and have different career paths awaiting them. In a series of twelve interlinked short stories, Dr. Vincent Lam takes the reader behind the scenes of the medical world, from medical school to residency to the emergency room and the operating room. He also draws on his experience in international air evacuation medicine and his knowledge of influenza pandemics to create richly detailed fictional accounts.


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Aug 25, 2016

Her family, she said, was modern in what they wanted for her education, and old-fashioned in what they imagined for her husband.


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