Book: The Year Of The Intern
Author: Robin Cook
Publishing Date: 1973/09/01
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages: 320
Source : Personal Copy
Category : Medical Fiction
My Rating : 4 out of 5
Medical fiction for me has always been one author Robin Cook. Ok, some of his books are way beyond medicine these days , reaching as far as outer space , ancient civilization and also aliens (ahem ) but he still holds the shining torch in this genre . Over the years I have read many of his medical mystery books but one book that is still close to my heart is his first book , The Year Of The Intern.
This book takes us through the one year Dr Peters spends interning. He faces the anxiety every new intern faces. The fear of going wrong when handling a patient. Fear of doing some silly mistakes in front of the nursing staff and more importantly in front of his patient thus proving his inadequacy , fear of being not good enough. This is the period the intern learns not just to come on his own but also to cover up for the mistakes done by his seniors. It’s a part of the job .Adding to that is the near to nervous breakdown timings and the exhaustion. How can they expect people who don’t sleep for 48 hours be sane enough to talk , let alone save some body’s life. When this question is posed to the seniors the only answer got is ” We did it ,when we were your age , then why should you not be able to do it ?’ Quite an explanation isn’t it 🙂
It’s always said people who survive medical school prove that they are worthy of this profession but I have always maintained that a person who can survive his/ her internship and comes out of it with a sane mind and intact conscience can call himself worthy. Year of the intern is when the intern finds out that politics isn’t just left to politicians ; highly glorified care takers and healers too have their own game and if u don’t play by their rules , you cannot survive..
Robin Cook has given a very vivid description of that set up though at places he has become a bit philosophical but it is quite a good read..
Recommended to readers who love medical fiction