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Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M and M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back drop for the entire book.

Monday Mornings, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings, often in front of their peers at M and M. It is on Monday mornings that reflection and introspection occurs, usually in private. It is Monday Mornings that provides a unique look at the real method in which surgeons learn - through their mistakes. It is Monday Mornings when, if you're lucky, you have a chance at redemption.

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"In his fiction debut, Dr. Gupta — a practicing neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN — transports readers into an exclusive cadre of Chelsea General surgeons linked by the dreaded and revered Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conferences on the titular Monday mornings — the meetings at which doctors are held accountable for mistakes or deaths in the operating room. Each of the lavishly described (though emotionally flat) main characters is a caricature of a surgeon: for the overly-dedicated Sydney Saxena, life is career, pager, exercise. Tina Ridgeway — the gorgeous, married brainiac — and heartthrob Ty Wilson, the first to endure an M&M, satisfy the requisite hospital drama illicit romance; meticulous Sung Park wants to see Ty 'publicly crucified;' and XXXL-scrubbed George 'Gato Grande' Villanueva is the brilliant, brash, ER chief and former NFL player around which much of the novel revolves. Despite these potentially intriguing character sketches and plot points, Gupta (Cheating Death) attempts to weave too many threads and is thus unable to sufficiently develop his doctors or a compelling story line. Though the book reads quickly, medical jargon will alternately intrigue and frustrate a general audience, and readers will be left wondering whether Gupta should be the subject of his own M&M. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Sanjay Gupta, MD, is a practicing neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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Little Wolf, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Little Wolf)
Ever wonder what doctors talk about? Behind the closed doors of Monday Meetings,life changing issues and info flow freely. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is our guide. Welcome.
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Sandeep Ashok, April 22, 2012 (view all comments by Sandeep Ashok)
It doesn't surprise me at all that this book is a bestseller. While it purports to be a novel it could well be a behind the scenes look at any teaching hospital.

The main players in the book are surgeons in Chelsea General. The title refers to the Morbidity and Mortality conferences held at 6 AM on Mondays. "Monday Mornings were sacred. They were there to save lives. To learn from mistakes," says Gupta. Indeed the book shows the human side of Doctors - the compassionate human being who is not above making mistakes. Yes, the best of doctors are far from infallible and he/she needs to move on when he/she makes a mistake.

All in all a page-turner and a keeper.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446583855
Author:
Gupta, Sanjay
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Author:
Rummel, Christian
Author:
Gupta, Sanjay, M.D .
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Brain tumors; Neurosurgeons; Hospitals; Doctors; Doctors as patients; Friendship; Asian Americans
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.56 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his fiction debut, Dr. Gupta — a practicing neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN — transports readers into an exclusive cadre of Chelsea General surgeons linked by the dreaded and revered Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conferences on the titular Monday mornings — the meetings at which doctors are held accountable for mistakes or deaths in the operating room. Each of the lavishly described (though emotionally flat) main characters is a caricature of a surgeon: for the overly-dedicated Sydney Saxena, life is career, pager, exercise. Tina Ridgeway — the gorgeous, married brainiac — and heartthrob Ty Wilson, the first to endure an M&M, satisfy the requisite hospital drama illicit romance; meticulous Sung Park wants to see Ty 'publicly crucified;' and XXXL-scrubbed George 'Gato Grande' Villanueva is the brilliant, brash, ER chief and former NFL player around which much of the novel revolves. Despite these potentially intriguing character sketches and plot points, Gupta (Cheating Death) attempts to weave too many threads and is thus unable to sufficiently develop his doctors or a compelling story line. Though the book reads quickly, medical jargon will alternately intrigue and frustrate a general audience, and readers will be left wondering whether Gupta should be the subject of his own M&M. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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