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The Year of the Intern (Signet)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2002
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This novel is certainly not the standard thriller type that readers have seen from Cook before. That being said, I literally did not put this book down until it was finished. Cook makes the reader feel like you are going through the that year personally. The vivid details and strong main character development really draw you in. This book certainly will give a great deal of food for thought for the med school hopeful. For anyone who is or will be a hospital paitent it is very disturbing to read how lost a new intern is. For the reader looking for information or thought read this. For the reader looking for pure entertainment...try a different Cook novel.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2007
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The Year Of The Intern chronicles the year a young doctor spends as an intern. Along with lots of fascinating medical detail, the book takes a searingly honest look at the physical and psychological cost to the intern. These include: the near-indescribable exhaustion, the expectation of carrying out complicated and risky procedures the intern does not have the experience for, the life-or-death decisions to be made daily, dealing with anxious, angry and distraught relatives and, worst of all, the gradual ebbing of empathy eg Dr Peters starts thinking of each patient by their disease rather than their name.

What really disturbed me was the fact that this was written in 1972 and so little has really changed. This should be compulsory reading for anyone thinking of entering the medical or nursing professions. If it doesn't put you off, you've found your calling!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2003
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This is a great book. Whether you like Robin Cook or not you should give this book a read. His first novel and very different to his thrillers, this book follows the journey of an intern's mind through his year placement. It will certainly give people a different perspective of the medical world. The book was written in the 70's but somehow (sadly) I don't think the life of a fledging doctor has changed to this day...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2003
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Dr. Cook once again has written a masterpiece. This book differs from his medical thrillers, however, provides insight to the lay man about the perils new MD's must go through. If you really want to know what your doctor is thinking read this!
MD in training
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2000
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GREAT book. I must have read 5 times. Engaging writing style, sharp wit, and a great story line. Sounds very truthfull, and at times, scary. If you are thinking of becoming a doctor, this is definetely a book for you. My only problem with this book is that it was written in the eighties, and so could be outdated.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 1999
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Being Cooks first book, it also is one of his best, but is not to be compared to his trash novels nowadays. It gives an interesting insight on his own feelings and experiences of internship in line with Samuel Shem's "House of God." This is not for the faint-hearted - otherwise you might choose to medicate yourself before ever entering a hospital again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2008
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I thought that this book would be a medical thriller, as so many of Robin Cook's book are. Instead, I found a brief series of anedoctal medical cases, described by a barely fictional intern. The book has little to no plot. The series of patients problems described are brief and repeatedly focus on just how poorly trained, exhausted and frightened the intern in the book is, over and over. It IS frightening to know that though this book was written in 1972, little has change in the life of an intern. The intern is "turned out" to function on his own and when he consults the full fledged physicans, they cannot be bothered with his quantries. THIS is the FRIGHT that Robin Cook has placed in a supposed medical thriller. Save your money to read his more recent, truly medical thrillers, if that is the genre you are looking for. This book will just leave you with a fear of your next trip to the ER or for surgery. Certainly, there HAS to be genuinely educationed, experienced, and compassionate physicans out there, but from reading this book, you won't be assured that this is the best medical care that you will find for your medical conditions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
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This was Robin Cook's debut novel, first published in 1973 by Signet and was way ahead of its time! The novel follows a young intern as goes through the REAL training for medical school. And believe me, it isn't pretty. Some scenes are gut-wrenching while others are mind-boggling. This was a fine debut from a great author, and I can't wait to read his other books!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2000
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I dont like medical dramas writtem nowadays but Cook's Intern is one of most beautiful medical dramas I have ever read (2 of them so far.) the description of all that happened is so realistic, that one begins to think how it really goes. I have read this book in Slovak language, but I... I just like this book. Congratulations Mr. Cook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Year of the Intern reads like a non-fiction memoir-like account of a medical intern. It focuses on the dull, day to day life of an intern that we've all seen countless times on medical television shows like ER. Robin Cook fans are used to his fast-paced thrillers and this early book is nothing like his more recent novels.

The Year of the Intern looks at the stressful and exhausting job a surgical intern has. The book focuses on Dr. Peters' fear and his grief at the loss of patients. It's disconcerting reading about a doctor unsure of himself as we usually like to believe that doctors are strong and have all the answers.

The bottom line is the book just wasn't that interesting. It kind of got under my skin, making me fear being left in the hands of an intern at the hospital, but the actual story in the book left me wanting more. If you're looking for suspenseful, medical thrillers, skip this one and stick with Robin Cooks later books.
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