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Monday Mornings: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sanjay Gupta
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Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back drop for the entire book.

Monday Mornings, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings, often in front of their peers at M & M. It is on Monday mornings that reflection and introspection occurs, usually in private. It is Monday Mornings that provides a unique look at the real method in which surgeons learn - through their mistakes. It is Monday Mornings when, if you're lucky, you have a chance at redemption.

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In the high-stakes profession of neurosurgery, the bigger you are, the harder you fall. Or so it seems in the nifty first novel by CNN's chief medical correspondent Gupta, who is also a practicing neurosurgeon and nonfiction author. At the Chelsea General Hospital in Michigan, Dr. Ty Wilson is suffering from a serious crisis in confidence after a child dies during an operation. His medical colleagues include George Villanueva, a hulking former NFL player turned ER doctor, and Tina Ridgeway, a meticulous neurosurgeon whose home life is a mess. For quirkiness, there's a patient who undergoes surgery for bleeding cerebral aneurysms and develops an unusual postoperative mania for sketching human ears. For irony, the perfectionist head of surgery makes a jumbo mistake, and a middle-aged Korean neurosurgeon is afflicted with a deadly brain tumor. Despite their flaws, these fictional physicians possess extremely high empathy quotients. They make clinical and personal blunders, yet some attain redemption, and nearly all experience epiphanies. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to write a novel, but with Monday Mornings, readers will be glad one did.—Booklist

Praise for CHEATING DEATH: "You will be on the edge of your seat as you read the superbly crafted stories of people who have beaten the odds, something I like to think I know quite a bit about. My friend Dr. Sanjay Gupta, America's doctor, has written a page-turner. It's an exciting medical thriller with the compassion, hope, excitement and aspiration that define Sanjay." --Lance Armstrong

Praise for CHEATING DEATH: "I owe my recovery and my health to medical advances and the remarkable pioneers behind them. In his new book, the World's Doctor, Sanjay Gupta, delivers a breathtaking preview of a coming revolution in medicine that challenges virtually everything we think we know about living and dying. A truly provocative and fascinating reading experience." --President Bill Clinton


"MONDAY MORNINGS launches off the page like a thoroughbred out of the gates: the pace is fast and furious and the authenticity of the surgical situations make this a hard-to-put-down novel. Gupta has created a group of unforgettable characters and placed them in situations in the fictional Chelsea General that feel all too real. But hospitals are , after all, Gupta's turf; his insights into the craft of surgery combined with vivid story-telling make MONDAY MORNINGS a gripping and wonderful read right down to the wire. MONDAY MORNINGS is a winner. (Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone )

"A brilliant and authentic inside look at the high-stakes world of neurosurgery, filled with memorable characters and searing moments, written with a surgeon's deftness and a healer's heart." (Samuel Shem, M.D., author of The House of God and The Spirit of the Place )

"In MONDAY MORNINGS, Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes us inside the veins of the patients, the hospital, and the brilliant surgeons at Chelsea General in a thrilling, often funny, and sometimes heartbreaking read. You'll laugh. You'll cry. I could not put it down." (David E. Kelley, creator of Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, and Chicago Hope )

Product Details

  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9QSM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 137 people found the following review helpful
By Jack
As a physician myself, I really enjoyed Dr. Gupta's book. It's entertaining and tells a side of medicine that most people probably don't know about. I read the book straight through.
For people who enjoy reading about medicine, Dr. Gupta's book has few competitors. The House of Godby Dr. Samuel Shem is the classic novel of resident physicians that comes to mind. Dr. Gupta's book may be the closest novel we have to "House of God."
In Stitches by Dr. Anthony Youn is a medical memoir that tells the story of becoming a doctor with a new style of humor. I LOVED this one. It made me laugh, cry, and remember all the crazy nights in medical school.
"Hot Lights Cold Steel" Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years is a third good option for people interested in what being a surgeon is like.
Overall, it was a real pleasure reading Dr. Gupta's story. I've read that there is a TV show in the works? If so, I'll watch!
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! March 5, 2012
Had a chance to read an advance copy of the book, and literally could not put it down!! Excellent character development, lots of drama and a surprise ending made Monday Mornings a great read from beginning to end! Definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys a good medical drama...
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one March 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Sanjay Gupta's Monday Mornings: A Novel was suggested to me by my friend who is also in the medical field. I trusted his judgment after reading Janvier Chando's The Grandmothers, which he suggested to me last month. Gupta wrote a very revealing and insightful book here; and he did a great job writing it in a manner that most readers will understand. The characters are real and exceptional. Also, the book is very pleausrable to read. I ended up learning a great deal and appreciate doctors even more.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but not a classic March 17, 2012
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I am a practicing anesthesiologist and I was intrigued by a novel about surgeons dealing with the morbidity and mortality process. From the moment I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down. The book started out with a bang - so many different characters, so much possibility. As the story progressed, my admittedly high expectations were not quite met. Gupta does a great job describing and developing the characters but there is something a little less genuine about them. The characters from "The House of God" were incredibly real and honest. I think Gupta is holding a little bit back with his characters in "Monday Mornings".

For Gupta, the bar is set very high for medical accuracy given that he is a practicing neurosurgeon. However, there are several parts of the book that just don't make sense to me. For one, surgical morbidity and mortality conferences are usually limited to the department of surgery. The book describes the entire hospital staff attending the conferences. There are tired cliches of anesthesiologists reading newspapers and doing other things to pass the time in the OR. I'm not saying there isn't a kernel of truth to this, but I think characterizing the anesthesiologists like this makes Gupta look lazy. Some of the more minute details of medical care didn't make sense to me either. A lay person wouldn't think twice about the description of lactated ringers solution being used for a craniotomy, but anesthesiologists and neurosurgeons know that normal saline is the standard solution for this procedure.
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73 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic and Unprofessional March 30, 2012
I couldn't wait to read this since I have been a fan of Sanjay Gupta's for a long time. I've been both an ICU and an ER RN since 1973 and have worked in both large inner city teaching hospitals and small community hospitals and I can tell you that the situations Dr Gupta's describes in this book just don't happen and his portrayal is unprofessional....My husband is a physician, my daughter is a physician, my brother in law is a physician, it's the family business...... The nurses don't want to take care of a gang banger who shot his grandmother? Seriously? Most RN's I know view the patient as just that - their patient that they need to care for...If you don't take care of gang bangers in an inner city hospital you better look for another job...The Director of Nursing had to come and "talk" to the ICU nurses so that they would care for the patient? Really?...And the ER doctor got a transplant patient admitted upstairs without the neurologist seeing the patient? ER doctors don't have admitting privileges (their malpractice companies frown on that) and the patient would have had to have admitting orders...... And There are so many medical mistakes in this book that I can only think he had a ghost writer....He obviously wrote the descriptions on neuro surgery,which he knows, but the medical mistakes just scream GHOST WRITER... .Seriously disappointed and may have to stop following Dr Gupta on Twitter.......Can't forgive you for portraying the nurses as unprofessional........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, fast paced
Good read, fast paced, rare look at insides of M&M review and insights into the whys and wherefores of clinician errors.
Published 15 days ago by Eric W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing by a excellent human being and physician
Buy this book! Dr. Sanjay Gupta wrote an accruate 'warts and all' descrption of how a surgeon works. They do their best with what they know. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Omnireader
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.
Gets repetetive in its story telling
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good try but pretty average, comingcfrom a participant.
The book will show how poor the TV program was--and didn't last. . Although the subject of peer review done each week in hosp. Depts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanne E. Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a good idea. They changed to many things in the ...
Bought this book after I watched the series, Not a good idea. They changed to many things in the series. Do either one or the other! Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Terblanche
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was a little bit more of a challenging read for me. Somewhat felt that it took a little bit to get interesting, and gives a pretty accurate description of what... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great Book. You get a intense, inside view of the medical process, but also a personal perspective that I think is seldom shared publicly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by dmmjsm
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 4 months ago by Spencer C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good book hated to see it end. Got interested in characters and felt like I knew them. Anyone in medical field would love this book.
Published 4 months ago by Donna James
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
One word.....WOW.
Published 5 months ago by Louie
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