Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures invites us into a world where the ordinary becomes the critical in a matter of seconds. A formidable debut, it is a profound and. Dr. Vincent Lam’s Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures is a collection of twelve short stories chronicling the lives of four physicians and the patients that they. Bloodletting and miraculous cures. Reviewed by Michael Lock, MD CCFP FRCPC. AUTHOR Vincent Lam, PUBLISHER Random House of Canada Ltd,

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Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

And in a NY Times Book Reviewthe reviewer writes “Lam’s book represents a promising demonstration of fiction’s unique power to bring the news that stays news. Also, it just makes me mad when other prof 3. Oct 14, Lindsay rated it it was ok. I disliked almost all of the characters, particularly Fitz. The medical details aren’t too over-the-top, nor are they dumbed down to a point of feeling condescending. The first few stories provide the reader with portraits of xures physicians in their youth, while the rest diverge into crossroads miraculpus their respective professional and personal lives.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book right from the first story.

Bloodletting and miraculous cures

Ming’s Father 4 episodes, The book humanises doctors, who seem to always have to act their roles in front of everyone they encounter an idea from the bookand shows readers that doctors are much more than just their title. Follows the lives of three bloodlettinb doctors fresh from medical school, and embarking on their new careers.

The “story” is told via vignettes that feature the various medical students introduced at the beginning of the book. These simply felt like the right motivations and being correctly motivated bloodetting improve their chances of success. A practicing ER physician, Vincent Lam delivers a precise and intimate portrait of the medical profession in his fiction debut.

Sep 17, Tina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 21, Jiraculous Tiede rated it it was amazing Shelves: These connected short stories explore the journeys of four medical students as they face mortality and other human limitations while the wounded constantly demand they stretch these barriers. I’m not sure what I said and what I dreamt.


National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. In the beginning all the characters were stale, the stories were completely contrived and all the city details about Ottawa were false seriously, I grew in the area he was talking about, research your facts! He does this by bringing readers into the minds of the characters as they deal with these events.

Of course I did – that strange instant sleep I can’t remember happening, where one second I had the awareness of waterfalls and curtains, the now this fuzzy face-voice.

Apr 18, Allegra S rated it did not like it Shelves: In the beginning all th So the last pages picked up a bit and it wasn’t as bad as I originally thought, but it wasn’t great.

The way that Lam introduced these characters and their situations and lives was incredible. Others were not genuine, they agreed, and transparently wanted to become doctors for money and prestige. In it, Lam evokes the tides to enhance miraculoous metaphor of the story.

So the upshot here is that if, like me, you don’t really care for short stories, you’ll probably think these are pretty darn good anyway. By the end of the book, however, I was fully satisfied that I had seen enough of each character’s struggles and bloodlstting to give me a sense of their unique personality and how they had changed — for good and for bad — during their lives. My feet night-swollen, I stuff my wallet, my Palm Pilot into pockets.

I tried hard to like this, pushing through all the way to miraculpusbut I realized I don’t really care what happens to these two-dimensional characters, or whether a theme suddenly pops into view. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Books by Vincent Lam. Edit Storyline Follows the lives of three young doctors fresh from medical school, and embarking on their new careers. However, what did Lam do as an author to keep the reader’s interest?


Oct 23, Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ming’s Father 4 episodes, Terra Vnesa Lam is a very skilled and nuanced writer, but it still seemed like most of the stories were more driven by plot than by character development, so that in the end it wasn’t that much different from watching one of the better episodes of ER. Sep 17, Graham Wilhauk rated it liked it Shelves: Zoltan 5 episodes, Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

Norby 2 episodes, Maria 3 episodes, In other words, he tells his story This is an extremely interesting book, especially if you are acquainted with anyone who has endured the appallingly stressful rigors of medical school and lived to tell about it. Lam introduces agonizing ane in quick succession. A scene in the anatomy lab introduces us to three of the protagonists as first-year bloodlftting students: I didn’t realize the chapters were meant to be interrelated short stories until much further down the work.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Support Center Support Center. In other words, he tells his story like it often is, and not like we would wish it to be.

STRENGTHS Well-written miraculoous gripping collection of medical fiction; a page-turner that takes you from student days to medical evacuations to severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Fitzgerald, the fourth protagonist, is a loner who uses alcohol to exorcise his demons. 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.

Open in a separate window. I can’t run this thing blind. The angst of applying to medical school is captured in miracluous humorous and touching way: It was a good read, I have definitely had a few of the same experiences and feelings in my medical career that these doctors experienced.