New York Post Best Books of 2014
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“In this absorbing memoir-cum-analysis, Sandeep Jauhar traces his years as a fledgling cardiologist against the backdrop of a health-care system in peril…An impassioned call to action.”
—Barbara Kiser, Nature
“A supremely well-written, thought-provoking memoir that strikes the perfect balance between ideas and sentiment.”
—G. Sampath, The Hindustan Times
“An extraordinary, brave and even shocking document. Dr. Jauhar’s sharply observed anxieties make him a compelling writer and an astute critic of the wasteful, mercenary, cronyistic and often corrupt practice of medicine today.”
—Florence Williams, The New York Times (Science)
“Highly engaging and disarmingly candid . . . Dr. Jauhar does a service by describing eloquently the excesses and dysfunctions of patient care and the systemic distortions responsible for them.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Bold and fascinating . . . [Jauhar] interweaves his personal story as well as anecdotes about his patients into a meticulously researched and painfully honest account of a profession . . . This beautifully written and unsparing memoir puts a human face on the vast, dysfunctional system in which patients and clinicians alike are now entangled."
—The Boston Globe
"Arresting...Dr. Jauhar's book is often moving, especially when he focuses on his patients...this thoughtful telling provides a service in itself. Because the first step toward healing is, of course, getting a good diagnosis."
—Susannah Meadows, The New York Times
"In this searing critique of overtreatment, cronyism and cover-your-ass medical care, a cardiologist confronts the 'collective malaise' infecting the American medical profession as he opens a vein to reveal his own complicity and shattered ideals. Jauhar offers, if not a cure, a prescription for restoring dignity to patient and healer alike."
—Nanette Varian, More magazine
“A compelling call for reform.”
—The New York Daily News
"With unsparing candor, the memoir describes his own moral crisis as he reflects on the profession he so values. A major document in an ongoing discussion that no one with a heartbeat can ignore."
—Barnes & Noble
"This critique does for our health-care system what the author's best-selling eye-opener, Intern, did for the hospital residency: it gives us an insider's view of some harsh and enduring realities that cry out for reform... Important reading as we debate health care."
"This dynamic lies at the heart of the crisis in American medicine that Starr predicted thirty years ago: 'The prospect is not simply for the weakening of professional sovereignty, but for greater disunity, inequality, and conflict throughout the entire healthcare system.' Surveying the contours of our current health care landscape through the keen eyes of Jauhar, it's hard not to conclude that all of this has indeed come to pass—and that there is much more of it to come."
—John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist
"Doctored, which continues [Jauhar's] story through his first five years of practice as a cardiologist at a large teaching hospital, shares with its predecessor its author's gift for precise, observant writing, and it offers an unsettling portrait of the state of American medicine today."
—Harvey Freedenburg, Shelf Awareness
"Sandeep Jauhar’s Doctored is a passionate and necessary book that asks difficult questions about the future of medicine. The narrative is gripping, and the writing is marvelous. But it was the gravity of the problem—so movingly told—that grabbed and kept my attention throughout this remarkable work."
—Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
"Medicine’s radical transformation in recent years has brought both incredible scientific advances and an increasingly dysfunctional health care system. Doctored takes us behind the façade and allows us to see the seamy underbelly. Jauhar’s gift is to observe and to beautifully tell the stories. In doing so he leads us to a visceral understanding of what has gone wrong. Doctored is a manifesto for reform."
—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
"Sandeep Jauhar specializes in peeling back the veneer, revealing the discomfiting truths of today’s medical world. He is unafraid to dig deeply and honestly, both within himself and within the medical profession. Doctored raises critical questions that twenty-first-century medicine must answer if it is to meet the needs of its patients as well as of its practitioners."
—Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D., author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
"Sandeep Jauhar is a compelling storyteller, and Doctored gives us a fantastic tour through the seedy underworld of American medicine."
—Lisa Sanders, M.D., Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine, and author of Every Patient Tells a Story
"Brutally frank (and) offbeat... fascinating."
—William Grimes, The New York Times
"Jauhar's stories are timeless."
—The Washington Post
"In Jauhar's wise memoir of his two-year ordeal of doubt and sleep deprivation at a New York hospital, he takes readers to the heart of every young physician's hardest test: to become a doctor yet remain a human being."
"An unusually transparent portrait of an imperfect human being trying to do his best at a tough job... A vivid portrait of the culture of a New York City hospital, with its demanding hierarchy and sometimes indifferent cruelty."
—Vincent Lam, The New York Times
"Excellent, well-written... Jauhar captures vividly the uncertainty, fear, and extreme exhaustion that dominates the (residency) experience... As one reads this emotionally powerful story, it becomes clear that the culture in which the interns work is profoundly important to their experience."
—Katharine Treadway, The New England Journal of Medicine
"This insider's account of life on the ward forces us to contemplate our own mortality. And we emerge from it all with a greater respect for medical professionals and their patients."
—Peter McDermott, America
"An exceptional accomplishment... beautifully written and incredibly insightful... by far the best memoir of medical student or resident days yet published."
—Kenneth Ludmerer, author of Learning to Heal: The Development of American Medical Education
"Here Jauhar's skills as both storyteller and compassionate physician are at their best; his encounters illustrate the complexity of real-life clinical decision-making. ...The overall feeling that emerges is that of struggle: patients struggle against the illogical oddities of a broken health care system and less frequently they struggle against their clinicians, but most often they struggle along with their clinicians to reach an acceptable or at least meaningful compromise with the injustices that come with illness. Certainly there are no easy answers, and few writers have conveyed this truth more forcefully than Jauhar. ...Those who enjoy good writing for its own sake will savor the crafted texture of this narrative. ...Jauhar captures the essence of how it feels to be a present-day physician in residency training. ...So long as training to become a physician remains a dynamic process, memoirs like this will continue to serve an important role in exploring and explaining this process to the patients that physicians serve and, perhaps no less, to physicians themselves."
—S. Ryan Gregory, MD, The Journal of the American Medical Association
"Jauhar, like most of us, is neither a saint nor an apostle of medicine. He is a little sarcastic, a little bitter, a little naive, a little smarter, and a little stupider than everyone else; in short, the character he writes for himself is the perfect protagonist for a medical internship. As he flinches from the gauntlet run, the grace of his prose allows us to feel every blow. To this young physician, it brought back visceral feelings, and I hope this is not the last literary gut punch we receive from Jauhar."
—Noah Raizman, The Lancet Review
"This is no made-for-TV sitcom: Dr. House wouldn't last a night in Dr. Jauhar's world."
—San Diego Union-Tribune
"Following in the path paved by doctor-writers like Lewis Thomas and Richard Selzer, Jauhar writes with grace, precision and passion. What makes him such a stimulating companion is his willingness to couple candid insights into the state of modern American medicine with equally revealing glimpses into the soul of a young doctor."
"Jauhar's candid account of his stressful journey is enlightening, educational and eye-opening. After ten successful years in the profession, the author dolefully admits that he is unfazed by the 'small injustices' in hospitals today. Required reading for anyone seriously considering a career in medicine."
"What sets Jauhar's internship story apart from the norm is his candor."
"Honest and vivid... A well-written medical memoir." —Library Journal
"Told of here is a time of travail and testing—a doctor's initiation into the trials of a demanding yet hauntingly affirming profession—all conveyed by a skilled, knowing writer whose words summon memories of his two great predecessors, Dr. Anton Chekhov and Dr. William Carlos Williams: a noble lineage to which this young doctor's mind, heart, and soul entitle him to belong." —Robert Coles
"Very few books can make you laugh and cry at the same time. This is one of them. Jauhar reveals himself in this book as he takes us on a wondrous journey through one of the most difficult years of his life. It is mandatory reading for anyone who has been even the slightest bit curious about how a doctor gets trained, and for physicians it is a valuable record of our initiation." —Sanjay Gupta, CNN medical correspondent and author of Chasing Life
"Intern is not just a gripping tale of becoming a doctor. It's also a courageous critique, a saga of an immigrant family living (at times a little uneasily) the American dream, and even a love story. A great read and a valuable addition to the literature—and I use the word advisedly—of medical training." —Dr. Melvin Konner, author of Becoming a Doctor
"Intern will resonate not only with doctors, but with anyone who has struggled with the grand question 'What should I do with my life?' In a voice of profound honesty and intelligence, Sandeep Jauhar gives us an insider's look at the medical profession and also a dramatic account of the psychological challenges of early adulthood." —Akhil Sharma, author of An Obedient Father
"In this era when medical shows abound on TV, Jauhar demonstrates the power of the written word in the hands of a sensitive, thoughtful observer and an experienced, gifted writer. Intern is a compelling, accurate, and heartfelt chronicle of what internship is really like. It will be the standard by which future such memoirs will be judged." —Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner