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Monday Mornings: A Novel Hardcover – March 13, 2012

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"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

About the Author

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

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446583855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446583855
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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All 'round cast of believable doctors ranging from those with decades of experience to those embarking on a career. A good, quick, airplane read with one stunningly good-looking male surgeon who's God's Gift in more ways than the usual and one stunning good-looking female doctor with whom he trysts. Meanwhile some serious doctoring gets done, both successful and non, including on members of the surgery team.

Way too much medical terminology in my view. Rather than refer to a woman blushing, we have to have explained to us the entire mechanism of a blush, which functions of the skin and blood system come into play in order to create the effect. Seems a bit of overkill, but if you're flying from NYC to Tokyo, a little extra filler for the 16-hour flight might just be dandy. I wasn't going anywhere except to my kitchen table, so perhaps I'm not the typical reader.

For a book as well written as this is (for an airplane book), I was surprised at the editorial (or proofreading) slips. "The nurse hesitated for a split section, considering whether to deny that she was screwing around ..." What's a split section? Oh! A split second! Well, anyone could make that mistake, but why is it here? "Right now, Ty imagined he and Tina swimming in the pool ..." What were we taught? Take out the other party and see if it works: "Right now, Ty imagined he swimming in the pool ..." Uh, no. Himself and Tina? Uh-huh.

And couldn't the designer have checked the layout on a Kindle before shipping this off to Amazon? Every single chapter has the first letter of the first word riding on the line above the rest of first word on its own line. Hard to say whether it was supposed to be a drop cap or a standing cap but when the chapters begin with the main character's name, Ty, that makes for a very odd layout:

y walked though Chelsea General feeling as though he suffered from a sort of hangover.

y's not the only one suffering. So's the reader.
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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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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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