Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Monday Mornings

by Sanjay Gupta
290 pages

Sanjay Gupta is a medical correspondent for CNN and a neurosurgeon.  He wrote this fictional account about Morbidity & Mortality conferences at Chelsea General.  These meetings happen on Monday mornings at 6 a.m., hence the title of the book.  The surgeons in this novel try their best to be good doctors, but mistakes happen.  Monday mornings are the time that these doctors are held accountable for their mistakes and must answer to their peers.  This process ultimately makes them better doctors, but it may test their confidence in their abilities.

This novel is more character-driven than plot-driven.  Several doctors are introduced during the course of this novel.  Each has his or her own flaws.  Many of them have put their careers above their families and personal relationships.  Many learn hard lessons as they seek to establish their legacies and find meaning in their lives.

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