Do you love medical shows? Personally I've been hooked on "CSI" reruns for a couple of months. The procedurals can get a little boring, however, without the mix of human interaction and emotional attachments to keep us coming back. Thankfully, shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "ER" fill that bill and more, as the human element is always front and center.
Much the same could be said for Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures (Weinstein Books, 352 pages, $23.95) by first-time author Vincent Lam, who mined his own experiences as a doctor to write these heartfelt, interweaving stories...
Lam tells the stories of four doctors — Fitz, Ming, Chen and Sri — as they navigate their way through medical school, romantic entanglements, personal crises and successes.
Chapter One, titled "How To Get Into Medical School, Part I," details the budding romance between Fitz and Ming as they study together to score high enough on their exams to get med school interviews:
"Midway through the exams, they grew into a twice daily session of going through questions. Fitzgerald proposed that they use these question sessions as breaks, and so they visited the library cafeteria twice a day. Ming considered going to the cafeteria to be an indulgent use of time, but she decided that is was acceptable as long as they discussed only academics, and as long as she didn't spend too much time actually enjoying Fitzgerald's company."
I will leave it up to you readers to find out who gets into med school and who hooks up with whom.
Lam, an ER doc in Toronto is already working on his next book, a novel set in Saigon during the Vietnam War.