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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

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Sanjay Gupta, MD, is a practicing neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446583847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446583848
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Matt Sloane on March 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Bobby Ferguson on March 15, 2012
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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 By rfums2004 on 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Lamm on April 20, 2012
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I can't really speak to whether this book accurately reflects life in a big city hospital, but to the extent that I'm familiar with that (two of my daughters are doctors, and one of them is an ER physician), it sure doesn't seem like it is. But even if it is more accurate than I think, it's still a bad book. The characters and plot (such as it is) are trite and predictable, the dialogue likewise. It's like "Scrubs" without the comedy (which was pretty good).

I have always liked and actually respected Sanjay Gupta, but he doesn't do himself any credit with this novelized version of "General Hospital." I can only surmise that CNN and his other gigs aren't paying him well enough, or at least not as much as he thinks he deserves.

However, besides all that - and an unforgivable sin in my book - the book is sloppily put together, and the editor needs to have an eye (or brain) exam (presumably Dr. Ty Wilson could do the latter). It is replete with typos, beginning in the early pages (the word "sections" appears where the context makes it clear that it should be "seconds") and continuing throughout. And how can you give any credence to a book that purports to discuss medicine where a tumor described as benign in one sentence is referred to as cancerous a few lines down? Shame on you!
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73 of 94 people found the following review helpful By tkw052375 on March 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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