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About The Book:

Intern is Dr. Sandeep Jauhar's story of his days and nights in residency at a prominent teaching hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question every conventional assumption about doctors and medicine—and that makes him an ideal figure to speak to our own misgivings about doctors and medicine today.

Residency—and especially its first year, called "internship"—is an apprenticeship legendary for its brutality. Working eighty or more hours per week and staying up "on call" every fourth night, most new doctors spend their first year in a state of perpetual exhaustion, shunning family, friends, food, sex, and other pleasures—and asking themselves why they ever wanted to be doctors in the first place.

Jauhar's internship was even more harrowing than most: The younger son in an intensely competitive family, he switched from physics to medicine in order to follow a more humane calling—only to find that medicine is often a "cookbook" craft with little regard for the patient. He struggled to find a place among the hospital's squadrons of cocky Type-A residents and doctors. A journalist on the side, he challenged the spirit-breaking practices of the internship in The New York Times, attracting the suspicions of the medical bureaucracy. Then, suddenly stricken, he became a patient himself—an experience that gave him rare insight into the doctor-patient relationship, enabling him to see that today's high-tech, high-pressure medicine can be a humane science after all.

Now a thriving cardiologist, Sandeep Jauhar has all the qualities you'd want in your own doctor: expertise, insight, a feel for the human factor, a sense of humor, and a keen awareness of the worries that we all have in common.

His beautifully written, deeply felt memoir explains how he and his fellow interns survived—and explains the inner workings of modern medicine as no guidebook or magazine article can.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0-374-14659-4


"The Nightmare of Night Float: Is an Ignorant Doctor Really Better than a Tired One?" July 30, 2008.
The Los Angeles Times
"When the Problem is Munchhausen's" April 14, 2008.
The New England Journal of Medicine (Registration required)
"From All Walks of Life — Nontraditional Medical Students and the Future of Medicine" July 17, 2008.
"The Demise of the Physical Exam" February 9, 2006.
"The Economics of ICDs" December 9, 2004.
"House Calls" November 18, 2004.
"Retrospective: The Artificial Heart" February 5, 2004.

The New York Times
"In a Eulogy, Finding a Person, Not a Patient" October 27, 2008.
"The Pitfalls of Linking Doctors' Pay to Performance" September 8, 2008.
"Eyes Bloodshot, Doctors Vent Their Discontent" June 17, 2008.
"Many Doctors, Many Tests, No Rhyme or Reason" March 11, 2008.
"Explain a Medical Error? Sure. Apologize Too?" January 1, 2008.
"Between Comfort and Care, a Blurry Line," September 18, 2007.
"Break a Confidence? Never. Well, Hardly Ever," May 29, 2007.
"A Patient's Demands Versus a Doctor's Convictions," April 3, 2007.
"He Wasn't Thinking Straight. So How Do You Get Through?" July 11, 2006.
"Magical Medicine on TV," July 19, 2005.
"A Doctor Brings His Family to the Delivery Room," March 15, 2005.
"On a Matter of Life or Death, a Patient Is Overruled," October 5, 2004.
"Out of the Blue, a Lightning Bolt to the Heart," February 10, 2004.
"That Ounce Of Prevention Grew Too Big," December 2, 2003.
"The Mystery Of Fever, Unsolved," August 26, 2003.
"A Malady That Mimics Depression," July 15, 2003.
"Questions The Doctor Never Asked," June 17, 2003.
"Buying Time: Doctors Debate the Ethics of Care and Cost," May 6, 2003.
"The Right to Make a Bad Decision," March 4, 2003.
"Trial by Fire, And by Fear, In the I.C.U.," February 4, 2003.
"Post-Mortem Of a Death So Puzzling," January 14, 2003.
"Playing Ambulance Roulette," December 3, 2002.
"The Mystery of Syndrome X," September 23, 2002.
"Beyond the Script: What Happens When the Heroine Faints," July 9, 2002.
"Advice Rejoins Consent," July 2, 2002.
"Calling In the Pain Team, Specialists in Suffering," June 23, 2002.
"Learning to Cope When Hospital Patients Turn Violent," March 12, 2002.
"Restoring The Physical To the Exam," January 29, 2002.
"Comedy, Tragedy And Coping," January 15, 2002.
"They Had Everything They Needed, Except Survivors to Treat," September 18, 2001.
"Life and Death Stakes in the Numbers Game," September 11, 2001.
"Hidden in the World of Medicine, Discrimination and Stereotypes," June 19, 2001.
"As Technology Improves, More People Breathe With Machines," April 24, 2001.
"Finding Cancer Drugs in the Most Unlikely Places," April 10, 2001.
"Journeys From Death To Life," December 12, 2000.
"Residents Discover A Handy Helpmate," October 25, 2000.
"Saving the Heart Can Sometimes Mean Losing the Memory," September 19, 2000.
"More Fans For Drugs That Fight Cholesterol," September 5, 2000.
"Teaching Hospitals Too Busy for Curiosity," September 5, 2000.
"From a Pea-Size Lump, Years of Uncertainty," August 8, 2000.
"A Remedy Not Worth The Pain," July 11, 2000.
"First Battle Of Cancer: Deep Denial," June 13, 2000.
"Even Doctor-Patient Relationships Can Be Dysfunctional," April 25, 2000.
"Medical Residents, Yes, but Workers, Too," April 18, 2000.
"When Decisions Can Mean Life or Death," January 4, 2000.
"Doctors' Unsolved Mysteries: When Fevers Have No Known Cause," November 30, 1999.
"For Immigrant Drivers, More Than the Taxicab Gets Shaken and Strained," October 20, 1999.
"Taking Care of Nurses, Before It's Too Late," October 5, 1999.
"First, Do No Harm: When Patients Suffer," August 10, 1999.
"When the Truth Is as Elusive as the Cure," June 29, 1999.
"Doctor Marries Doctor: Good Medicine," March 23, 1999.
"When Rules for Better Care Exact Their Own Cost," January 5, 1999.
"When a Stay in Intensive Care Unhinges the Mind," December 8, 1998.
"Both Home and Prison, Leprosy Site May Shut," June 23, 1998.

The New York Times Magazine
"The Cancer Vaccine," December 14, 2003.
"When Doctors Slam the Door," March 16, 2003.
Reprinted in: Writing from Sources, Bedford/St. Martin's, New York, 2007;
Also reprinted as "Cardiology in Crisis" in The Wilson Quarterly, June, 2003.
"Over-The-Counter Headache," January 12, 2003.
"The Fail-Safe Heart Procedure," December 15, 2002.
"The Video Pill," December 15, 2002.
"Jolts of Anxiety," May 5, 2002.
"Counting," September 23, 2001.
Reprinted in: The World Trade Center Attack, Greenhaven Press, San Diego, 2003.
"Life Out of Balance," May 6, 2001.

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