The Disillusionment of An American Physician

Book - 2015 | First edition
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The patient is ill indeed. A perverse system forces doctors to prescribe unnecessary tests and participate in an elaborate system of cronyism just to cover costs and protect themselves from malpractice suits. Jauhar reports cases where a single patient might see fifteen specialists in one hospital stay, fail to receive a full picture of his actual condition, and leave with a bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Jauhar himself wrestles with his conscience as, struggling to make ends meet, he moonlights for a practitioner who charges exorbitant fees for tests of questionable value. Doctored is a cry for reform; a look at what really goes on in examining rooms, ORs, and your own doctor's mind; and, most of all, a personal and unsparing act of introspection by a physician who wants to return meaning and moral grounding to a noble profession that has lost its way.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780374141394
Branch Call Number: B JAUHAR
Characteristics: x, 268 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 23, 2016

This book is more of an expose` than a memoir. The state of affairs of the American Medical system as illustrated here is really sad. Unfortunately every country's medical system is headed that way. Doctors will no longer be able to get pleasure in treating patients and caring for them; instead they will become form-filling, malpractice fearing robots. An interesting if somewhat morbid book.

Jan 14, 2015

I didn’t read Jauhar’s Intern but I’m going to go to the library to get it. What a fascinating look at the challenges of practicing medicine in America and how the doctor’s financial life has changed. His writing is superb and gives me lots to think about. Insurance controls doctor’s lives as well as the patients. So much more time is spent recording and checking what insurance allows. How can a doctor who cares about his patients survive in a system that works on billable hours?

rowanquincy Nov 28, 2014

I left this book hoping none of the doctors in it would ever cross my path. The author complains about everything throughout the book, from his financial problems, his family, his patients, the medical system, and offers few suggestions for solutions.


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