Book Review: Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

Book Review:

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

12.10.2011

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

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Category: Fiction

Author: Vincent Lam

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 978-0385661447

Pub Date: September 26, 2006

Winner of the Giller Prize in 2006.

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The book is an easy, engaging read (it took me a few days). I didn’t realize the chapters were meant to be interrelated short stories until much further down the work.

It’s an excellent “insider view” from a doctor’s perspective, the dilemmas of those in the medical profession: the body politic of the health system, the de-sensitized conditioning necessary to meet high volume and demand, the inevitability of sickness and death, and the tension between remaining professional, yet compassionate, while retaining a sense of one’s own boundaries and needs.

It speaks of the undeniable need to address more than the physiological, but also the breadth and scope of the fragility of the human condition—be it physical or otherwise—for both doctors and patients.

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Zara’s Rating

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