by Robin Cook
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
The author’s debut novel is the fascinating and truthful story of the life of a young doctor in his first year of internship in a hospital. Filled with doubts and fears, in a constant state of physical and mental exhaustion, he is suddenly forced to carry responsibilities for which he is not qualified and to make quick decisions that affect human lives. The hard experience, tinged with tragicomic episodes, tests his vocation and his ideals.
The nurse’s voice on the phone is desperate, but young Dr. Peters, in his first weeks of internship, is only bone-tired and a little afraid.
He has forgotten when he last slept. Yet he knows that in the coming hours he will have to make life-or-death decisions regarding patients, assist contemptuous surgeons in the operating room, deal with nurses who may know more than he does, cope with worried relatives and friends of the injured and ill, and pretend at all times to be what he has not yet become-a fully qualified doctor. This book is about what happens to a young intern as he goes through the year that promises to make him into a doctor, and threatens to destroy him as a human being