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Reading Guide Questions Please be aware that this discussion guide will contain spoilers! In this book, it might not seem that medical school is designed to foster individualism. When are there moments in which the doctors, the professionals, reveal their personal self? What events root these stories in a particular time?

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A practicing ER physician, Vincent Lam delivers a precise and intimate portrait of the medical profession in his fiction debut. These twelve interwoven stories follow a group of young doctors as they move from the challenges of medical school to the intense world of emergency rooms, evacuation missions, and terrifying new viruses. They fall in love as they study for their exams, face moral dilemmas as they split open cadavers, confront police who rough up their patients, and treat schizophrenics with pathologies similar to their own.

In one harrowing story set amidst the SARS crisis, which the author witnessed firsthand, two of these doctors suddenly become the patients. Some still wore coats, and rummaged in the pockets for pens. Entering the exam hall, a borrowed gymnasium, from the whipping chaos of the snowstorm was to be faced with a void. Eyeglasses fogged, xenon lamps burned their blue-tinged light, and the air was calm with its perpetual fragrance of old paint.

The lamps buzzed, and their constant static was like a sheet pulled out from under the snowstorm, though low enough that the noise vanished quickly. The invigilators allowed them to sit the exam but, Read Full Excerpt Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!

In this book, it might not seem that medical school is designed to foster individualism. When are there moments in which the doctors, the professionals, reveal their personal self? What events root these stories in a particular time? Do you see references to outside news? What about SARS? Does the intense focus of the stories capture the funneled lives of physicians, especially in the E. Is it even relevant most of the time?

The characters are doctors and people with little sense of their immigrant background. However, when are the few times that being Chinese is made explicit? In "Take All of Murphy," the anatomy

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Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Bloodletting is an honest and revealing work, which entertains while challenging the reader to reflect on some of the ethical issues presented. The characters have strong initial presentation, but this falters towards the denouement. A scene in the anatomy lab introduces us to three of the protagonists as first-year medical students: Ming, the acerbic, scalpel-happy, left-brain dominant Type A personality, Sri, a sensitive soul who insists on naming the cadaver, and Chen, the peacekeeper who prevents Ming and Sri from vivisecting each other. Fitzgerald, the fourth protagonist, is a loner who uses alcohol to exorcise his demons. The first few stories provide the reader with portraits of these physicians in their youth, while the rest diverge into crossroads following their respective professional and personal lives.

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Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

The seventh in the set, entitled Eli, heavily explores the theme of deception. At the same time, Lam has also incorporated elements that show the risks doctors face every day while trying to save others. Eli centers around Dr. Fitzgerald as he treats a patient Eli who has been brought in by police officers. Though the officers claim Eli simply fell while in custody, the patient argues that it was the police themselves who brutalized him. Regardless, Fitz reluctantly treats Eli. Through this, Lam again demonstrates the conflict of interest doctors face with patients, and how they judge them.

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A practicing ER physician, Vincent Lam delivers a precise and intimate portrait of the medical profession in his fiction debut. These twelve interwoven stories follow a group of young doctors as they move from the challenges of medical school to the intense world of emergency rooms, evacuation missions, and terrifying new viruses. They fall in love as they study for their exams, face moral dilemmas as they split open cadavers, confront police who rough up their patients, and treat schizophrenics with pathologies similar to their own. In one harrowing story set amidst the SARS crisis, which the author witnessed firsthand, two of these doctors suddenly become the patients.

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