Description of Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation PDF
Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation PDF is a 2007 nonfiction autobiographical account of Dr. Sandeep Jauhar’s first year as an medical intern, fresh from medical school. While interning at New York Hospital, Jauhar kept records of his days during his time in training by writing in a journal about his days, patients, and interaction with other doctors. He used his journals to write his memoir, which focuses on his introduction to practicing medicine, his disillusionment as a medical student, and his imposter syndrome.
His second book, “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician,” released in August 2014, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a New York Post Best Book of 2014. It was praised as “highly engaging and disarmingly candid” by The Wall Street Journal, “beautifully written and unsparing” by The Boston Globe, and “extraordinary, brave and even shocking” by The New York Times.
“Heart: A History,” his latest book, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. It has been praised as “gripping…(and) strange and captivating” by The New York Times, “fascinating” by The Washington Post, “poignant and chattily erudite” by The Wall Street Journal, and “elegiac” by The American Scholar. It was named a best book of 2018 by the Mail on Sunday, Science Friday, Zocalo Public Square, and the Los Angeles Public Library, and was the PBS NewsHour/New York Times book club pick for January 2019. It was a finalist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize
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Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2014
For me, reading this memoir was an experience of intense immersion in the author’s psyche as he navigates the process of development psychologists call identity formation. He spends an unusually long time in the “moratorium” phase of that process, in which there’s an active but uncommitted exploration of differing personal values and roles. He’s an apt observer of his inner world, so his memoir, though titled “Intern,” is really less another general story about the rigors of becoming a doctor and more a very individual narrative of coming of age. As the main character of his story, he’s a brilliant and brooding young man defying his family’s expectations that he’ll follow in his older brother’s footsteps to become a doctor (preferably a prestigious and highly paid specialist) by instead pursuing postgraduate studies in theoretical physics (but not before detours to get accepted by all the best law schools and travels to undertake challenging volunteer work abroad). In spite of his self-assessment that he isn’t quite brilliant enough to do theoretical physics, he goes on to write a dissertation on quantum dots. But his restlessness doesn’t abate. He suffers angst and anomie from feeling more oriented to the random quantum than to the orderly classical world. It’s a crisis of meaning and of personal significance. He wants to stop thinking and start acting. So he finally makes his parents happy by going to medical school … and (as written in the stars at his birth) on to a crisis of self-confrontation in his internship, a decidedly nonacademic environment where he immediately senses he doesn’t fit in and feels overwhelmed by having to act without thinking.
He is a very good writer. He has a wonderful way of introducing simple concepts from physics as metaphoric bridges to help himself (and his readers) creatively reconceptualize a personal or medical problem so that he (we) can understand it and/or find solutions (sometimes the solution is just the understanding). There is no real end to a memoir–a self-reflective person will go on learning from experience and growing–but I doubt the core traits that make this hero of his own story (as we all are) turn inward, introspect, brood, and challenge himself again and again will let him rest for very long.
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2014
Medicine is a process of deduction, and experience. The part that gets me is the inhumanity of internship, the long hours without sleep, the pecking order of the teaching staff; how is one supposed to learn to be empathetic in an atmosphere that is grueling, and fraught with the possibility of errors. This training is part of the “old boy’s club” where the older physicians want to make the younger ones suffer like they did. This is no longer the dark ages, and I wouldn’t want someone taking care of me who has a hard time thinking straight!