Doctors

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Writing with all the passion of Love Story and power of The Class, Erich Segal sweeps us into the lives of the Harvard Medical School's class of 1962.  His stunning novel reveals the making of doctors—what makes them tick, scheme, hurt . . . and love.  From the crucible of med school's merciless training through the demanding hours of internship and residency to the triumphs—and sometimes tragedies—beyond, Doctors brings to vivid life the men and women who seek to heal but who must first walk ...

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Overview

Writing with all the passion of Love Story and power of The Class, Erich Segal sweeps us into the lives of the Harvard Medical School's class of 1962.  His stunning novel reveals the making of doctors—what makes them tick, scheme, hurt . . . and love.  From the crucible of med school's merciless training through the demanding hours of internship and residency to the triumphs—and sometimes tragedies—beyond, Doctors brings to vivid life the men and women who seek to heal but who must first walk through fire.  At the novel's heart is the unforgettable relationship of Barney Livingston and Laura Castellano, childhood friends who separately find unsettling celebrity and unsatisfying love—until their friendship ripens into passion.  Yet even their devotion to each other, even their medical gifts may not be enough to save the one life they treasure above all others. Doctors —heartbreaking, witty, inspiring, and utterly, grippingly real—is a vibrant portrait that culminates in a murder, a trial . . . and a miracle.

Segal's most successful novel since Love Story returns to Harvard to tell the powerful and moving story of the making of doctors. From the merciless training through the demanding hours of internship and residency, Doctors brings to life the people who seek to heal.#Bantam.

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"A superior story . . . A moving and compelling novel of doctors and their fears—how they confront them or are confounded by them."—UPI.

"Segal's best work to date."—New York Post

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his most skillfully written novel to date, Segal ( Love Story , The Class ) tackles a timeworn but engrossing theme: the grueling education of doctors, and the toll exacted by their careers. As Segal sees it, many physicians are ``wounded healers'' who know that ``to care is to crack'' in this brutally competitive, sometimes poorly self-policed profession. When childhood friends Barney Livingston and Laura Castellano enter Harvard Medical School in 1958, they are soon physically and emotionally overwhelmed by mountains of demanding coursework, a classmate's suicide and the vivisection of clumsily anesthetized dogs. Later, Barney, a Manhattan psychiatrist, witnesses the heartwrenching suffering of mental patients at Bellevue Hospital, including his tragically misdiagnosed former basketball coach. Pediatrician Laura is harshly penalized by tyrannical superiors who resent her complaints about their conduct. A medical-school classmate, brilliant black surgeon Bennett Landsmann, encounters racism within and beyond the medical establishment. Seth Lazarus, another class member, faces murder charges for a mercy killing. With his usual facility, Segal spins a highly readable story that addresses the gravest, most pressing issues facing doctors today. 250,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo; author tour. (September)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553278118
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 325,496
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    A masterpiece

    A masterpiece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    Doctors-Story of wounded healers

    Doctors (1988) is one of 'the' best that I have read in a long time. Erich Segal's enlightening work of fiction is both a love story and an eye-opening study of the training and practice of America's most elite health professionals. The author, a graduate of Harvard himself has crafted a powerful and moving account of the 1962 batch of Harvard medical school. We experience the trials and tribulations that doctors go through, to be what they are. What we understand is that doctors are as flawed as normal people but due to the nature of their work they are elevated to a demi-God status. The book leads us through the various incidences that the med school graduates encounter (demanding hours of internship, facing and overcoming your worst fears, hours of research and residency) which transforms them into the doctors they eventually become. The central characters of the book are Laura Castellano and Barney Livingston; best friends who attend Harvard Medical School together. It takes many years filled with scientific celebrity and disappointing affairs for them to finally to realize that they have something more than friendship for each other. The stuff they do for each other remind you of your own friendships in life. The book mentions that doctors have higher suicide and drug addiction rates than the rest of the population due to the rigorous demands of their profession. We learn that many wannabe doctors give up their lives (or end up demented), as they are unable to cope with the intense pressure of their work. We learn the inner secrets of what happens when doctors goof up in their practice and the politics that affects even this profession. In fact distinguished people of medicine recommend a reading of this book ¿Doctors¿ to anyone who is interested in going to medical school which speaks a great deal about the value of the book. The book is a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Doctors- A classic...........

    One of the most imporant books belong to the Medical Profession. If I could, I read it forever. Read it more than 3 times and still a die-hard fan of it... If you want to be a doctor, read this... It may be fiction but it takes you trhough Doctor's life and Medical situations...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    I wish there was more !!!

    This book was so wonderful. I just wish there was a sequel. I could have read it forever.It is one book that can keep your attention! I just loved it!

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