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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (July 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553278118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553278118
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In his most skillfully written novel to date, Segal ( Love Story , The Class ) tackles a timeworn but engrossing theme: the grueling education of doctors, and the toll exacted by their careers. As Segal sees it, many physicians are "wounded healers" who know that "to care is to crack" in this brutally competitive, sometimes poorly self-policed profession. When childhood friends Barney Livingston and Laura Castellano enter Harvard Medical School in 1958, they are soon physically and emotionally overwhelmed by mountains of demanding coursework, a classmate's suicide and the vivisection of clumsily anesthetized dogs. Later, Barney, a Manhattan psychiatrist, witnesses the heartwrenching suffering of mental patients at Bellevue Hospital, including his tragically misdiagnosed former basketball coach. Pediatrician Laura is harshly penalized by tyrannical superiors who resent her complaints about their conduct. A medical-school classmate, brilliant black surgeon Bennett Landsmann, encounters racism within and beyond the medical establishment. Seth Lazarus, another class member, faces murder charges for a mercy killing. With his usual facility, Segal spins a highly readable story that addresses the gravest, most pressing issues facing doctors today. 250,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A superior story . . . A moving and compelling novel of doctors and their fears--how they confront them or are confounded by them."--UPI.

"Segal's best work to date."--New York Post

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I'm still wiping my tears from reading the last chapter.
A. van D.
While the writing was very good, the story was very scattered and predictable.
C. Sutherland
Of course, real med school life isn't as dramatic, in the UK or the US!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne M Kobbermann on January 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As someone that has gone through the unique experience of medical school (and survived) I have to say that although this book is fiction, it is the closest thing to my own experience that I have found. If you want a clear representation of what medical school is like, this is the book. I highly reccomend it for anyone who is interested in going to medical school.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Cho on August 19, 2000
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I felt like Erich Segal had researched my own life and experiences to write his book. Many of my own sleepless nights studying, worrying, questioning my own abilities and sacrifice for my hopeful profession are experienced by the characters in this wonderful book. If any of you out there wonder what medical school or being a doctor is really like, other than ER, I don't think you'll get anything better than this.
I think the only thing that detracted from the realism is that many chapters explored the characters lives in what was years in a chapter, but this was necessary or the book would have been at least ten times longer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Liebeskind on April 18, 2000
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the story of harvard med school students and the careers theypursue is moving and fascinating. anyone w/ an interest in medicinewill enjoy it but segal goes beyond this, tieing the story into theevents of the times, from the liberation of nazi concentration camps to the black panthers movement of the 1960s. i'm from new haven, ct. where segal puts the panthers and i remember their presence from childhood. of course the main focus is the on the medical profession which segal has researched thorougly to tell the story of the students and doctors and the work they do. case after case is presented here in highly readable fashion. the book is very long, but never boring as the story moves along steadily and the reader becomes involved with the characters, especially barney and laura, the childhood friends from brooklyn who go on to harvard law and successful careers in psychiatry and children's medicine. END
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on July 23, 2004
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Childhood friends and neighbours Laura Castellano and Barney Livingston have a special closeness all the way through their school years and then into their studies at medical school where both of them excell. Barney studies psychiatry and becomes a top man in his field while Laura specialises in early childhood ailments, especially in new babies. This story follows them and their immediate circle of friends through the trials and tribulations of their training years, into their internships and then into the years that they either enter private practice ot take up hospital positions. I found this story to be a real eye-opener as I hadn't thought about the intense mental and physical stresses imposed upon medical students and how they have to be of a particularly strong character to be able to withstand these pressures without cracking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1997
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This is Segal's best in my opinion. Much research was done for this book which is very obvious as the details appear to be very well defined. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading it. It would be nice if all books were written this well
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nastassia romanova on May 26, 2000
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A great book thst anyone, not just aspiring doctors can relate to. Quite real and made me think hard and long about my career decision to be a medical practitioner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
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ever since, i've never wanted to be a doctor because i hate the sight of blood. when my friend first showed me this book, i was quite intrigued because until that time i have no idea how doctors are. well, i see them in hospitals during annual check-up and all that but i had no idea what dilemmas they face in real life-and-death situations similar to the events in the novel. after reading, i somehow felt the pain and glory of being a doctor. because of this novel, i now understand what it feels like to be a 'doctor' to somebody. highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stephie on September 19, 2002
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It's one of the only non-SK, non-DK books I really like (SK-Stephen King, DK-Dean Koontz). I've reread this one many times over the years. There's just something about the the way every characters story comes together to form the whole, gripping tale that hooked me. The way the past blends into the present, and all the twists and turns. Right up until the end. I found there to be some things/details missing (having reread it many times, you notice and wonder what happend to ____?) or intentionally left a bit vague, perhaps to allow one's own conclusions. Something to think about afterwards. In any case, I love this story and will likely read it again sometime.
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