Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories (Paperback)
This book made me reconsider, for the tenth time, my pursuit of medicine. Holt will make you sad, nervous, and maybe a little bit discouraged. Don't let him. There is a greater message in this book, and by the time you are done reading it, you will feel that your life is ten times more precious than you thought it to be before you started.
-- Stacy— From Stacy T. Staff Picks
In this artful, unfailingly human, and understandable (Boston Globe) account inspired by his own experiences becoming a doctor, Terrence Holt puts readers on the front lines of the harrowing crucible of a medical residency. A medical classic in the making, hailed by critics as capturing the feelings of a young doctor's three-year hospital residency . . . better than anything else I have ever read (Susan Okie, Washington Post), Holt brings a writer's touch and a doctor's eye to nine unforgettable stories where the intricacies of modern medicine confront the mysteries of the human spirit. Internal Medicine captures the stark moments of success and failure, pride and shame, courage and cowardice, self-reflection and obtuse blindness that mark the years of clinical training (Jerome Groopman, New York Review of Books), portraying not only a doctor's struggle with sickness and suffering but also the fears and frailties each of us doctor and patient bring to the bedside.