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Monday Mornings: A Novel

Monday Mornings: A Novel

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by Sanjay Gupta

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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 & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting


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 & 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 & 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.

Editorial Reviews

In the high-stakes profession of neurosurgery, the bigger you are, the harder you fall. Or so it seems in the nifty first novel by CNN's chief medical correspondent Gupta, who is also a practicing neurosurgeon and nonfiction author. At the Chelsea General Hospital in Michigan, Dr. Ty Wilson is suffering from a serious crisis in confidence after a child dies during an operation. His medical colleagues include George Villanueva, a hulking former NFL player turned ER doctor, and Tina Ridgeway, a meticulous neurosurgeon whose home life is a mess. For quirkiness, there's a patient who undergoes surgery for bleeding cerebral aneurysms and develops an unusual postoperative mania for sketching human ears. For irony, the perfectionist head of surgery makes a jumbo mistake, and a middle-aged Korean neurosurgeon is afflicted with a deadly brain tumor. Despite their flaws, these fictional physicians possess extremely high empathy quotients. They make clinical and personal blunders, yet some attain redemption, and nearly all experience epiphanies. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to write a novel, but with Monday Mornings, readers will be glad one did.
From the Publisher
Praise for CHEATING DEATH: "You will be on the edge of your seat as you read the superbly crafted stories of people who have beaten the odds, something I like to think I know quite a bit about. My friend Dr. Sanjay Gupta, America's doctor, has written a page-turner. It's an exciting medical thriller with the compassion, hope, excitement and aspiration that define Sanjay." —Lance Armstrong

Praise for CHEATING DEATH: "I owe my recovery and my health to medical advances and the remarkable pioneers behind them. In his new book, the World's Doctor, Sanjay Gupta, delivers a breathtaking preview of a coming revolution in medicine that challenges virtually everything we think we know about living and dying. A truly provocative and fascinating reading experience." —President Bill Clinton

Abraham Verghese
"MONDAY MORNINGS launches off the page like a thoroughbred out of the gates: the pace is fast and furious and the authenticity of the surgical situations make this a hard-to-put-down novel. Gupta has created a group of unforgettable characters and placed them in situations in the fictional Chelsea General that feel all too real. But hospitals are , after all, Gupta's turf; his insights into the craft of surgery combined with vivid story-telling make MONDAY MORNINGS a gripping and wonderful read right down to the wire. MONDAY MORNINGS is a winner.
Samuel Shem
"A brilliant and authentic inside look at the high-stakes world of neurosurgery, filled with memorable characters and searing moments, written with a surgeon's deftness and a healer's heart."
David E. Kelley
"In MONDAY MORNINGS, Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes us inside the veins of the patients, the hospital, and the brilliant surgeons at Chelsea General in a thrilling, often funny, and sometimes heartbreaking read. You'll laugh. You'll cry. I could not put it down."
Library Journal
Neurosurgeon, Time columnist, CNN's chief medical correspondent, host of TV's House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and author of the best-selling Cheating Death, Gupta would seem too busy to write a first novel. But evidently not. At one hospital's weekly Morbidity and Mortality conferences, surgeons must confront operations gone wrong. This will attract Gupta's many fans.

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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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Monday Mornings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Matt_Sloane More than 1 year ago
Had a chance to read an advance copy of the book, and literally could not put it down!! Excellent character development, lots of drama and a surprise ending made Monday Mornings a great read from beginning to end! Definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys a good medical drama...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for nurses. The author doesnt dumb down the medical jargon. I love medical fiction. Im curious if nonmedical readers will find this to be out of their depth. Its a fast paced story with many different story threads. Some good endings, some bad, and some WOW endings. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a physician myself, I really enjoyed Dr. Gupta's book. It's entertaining and tells a side of medicine that most people probably don't know about. I read the book straight through. For people who enjoy reading about medicine, Dr. Gupta's book has few competitors. The House of God by Dr. Samuel Shem is the classic novel of resident physicians that comes to mind. Dr. Gupta's book may be the closest novel we have to "House of God." In Stitches by Dr. Anthony Youn is a medical memoir that tells the story of becoming a doctor with a new style of humor. I LOVED this one. Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years is a third good option for people interested in what being a surgeon is like. Overall, it was a real pleasure reading Dr. Gupta's story. I've read that there is a TV show in the works? If so, I'll watch!
Jules3 More than 1 year ago
This one hooked me in the first few pages and was one of those books I couldn't wait to get back to. The doc needs to write more fiction as he really is an excellent writer. Time well spent and learned a lot too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! It gives a rare glimpse into the tricky, complicated minds of not only a surgeon or two, but an entire neurosurgical team. The super-docs who are notorious for their ability to fix things find themselves in situations where they're unable to turn back the clock and repair damage done in crucial moments that have changed lives forever. As a nurse, I devoured every word, but it's written in such a way as to keep the interest of medical and laypersons alike.
LWFIGI More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating story about surgeons being pushed to their limits in their efforts to help patients. Paramedics bring in a twenty-five year old woman whose car crashed into a tree. The author is excellent at making the reader feel the angst and dread of the Doctors as they enter the operating room. We learn just enough about tumors, aneurysms, and advances in brain surgery. The author adds a little back knowledge about how politics and money play a bigger part in medicine than we would like to know. I sympathized with all the character in their daily strife. Interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that at first, I wasn't sure about this book. At the beginning, there are a lot of characters to keep straight. As I read, though, i connected with the different characters and remembered who was who. Monday Mornings kept my interest and I wanted to know what would be discussed on Monday mornings. Overall, a really good, interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watched the TV show and got hooked! Really enjoyed the book. It's an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both an excitement to read and a touching behind the scenes look that makes doctors and nurses real people! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i literally could not put it down!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You're not currently admitted and awaiting surgery! Scary• Insightful• Well written!
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(Ok, one thing. I changed the med cats name. I like the new one better.) <p> Morningpaw ran through the forest, her heart pounding. She couldn't belive what had happened with Dewpaw. How did she get in the Dark Forest anyway? She had overheard from the warriors that Dark Forest cats trained apprintences. She shuddered and kept running. When she came to camp, she headed straight for the warriors den. She liked how Dewpaw's mom name was Grassshine: an awful name. It was very funny. She felt a sharp pain that meant one thing - A cut pad. She groaned and headed for the Medicene den. At least she could see her sister. <p> Risingpaw looked up to see her sister come in. Morningpaw flopped down and groaned, "I have a cut pad." Risingpaw nodded and grabbed a cobweb and some Marigold. "How serious is it?" "I don't know." Huffed Morningpaw. "This is serious!" Shrieked Risingpaw. "Silentwind!" Silentwind padded in. "Yes?" She mewed. "Morningpaw has a serious cut on her pad!" Cried Risingpaw. *Oh this is just great.* Thought Morningpaw. "She does?" Demanded Silentwind. "Put on Cobwebs, Marigold, and remove what ever cut her pad." Risingpaw did excatly what Silentwind told her to do. Morningpaw realized that she had some bone stuck in her paw. "Don't put too much weight on it." Commanded Risingpaw. "So, how did training go?" Morningpaw told her everything. Risingpaw nodded, when they heard, "All who are old enough to catch their own prey, gather at High Rock to hear my words!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read, I really enjoyed it.
readerfromBelfordNJ More than 1 year ago
what I think of this product. More than two pages of Anonymous, no text provided for this review. Why on earth are you even putting that in here? I read these pages to read reviews.
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Since I enjoy the television show, I thought reading the book would be an enjoyable endeavor as well. Unfortunately, I was terribly disappointed. While the show presents characters in three dimensions - the book is one dimensional at best. I was amazed how poorly written the book was. After about two chapter, I could not continue reading. This is definitely not a book I would recommend - watch the TV show.
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Follow's television program closley but with more detail.
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A nurse friend of mine recommended this book to me. I am not a medical person but did find this book very interesting and fast moving. Characters were well developed and story lines were very engaging. I enjoyed this book!
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