Rotations: The Twelve Months of Intern Life

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In his earlier book about training, The Intern Blues, Robert Marion recorded the stories of three pediatric interns during the course of a year under his tutelage at a major medical center in New York City. Now, more than ten years later, he returns to that medical center and a new group of interns. Dr. Marion is older and wiser, and the system he describes has changed beyond recognition - or has it? In 1986, the tragic and controversial Libby Zion case spawned the formation of the landmark Bell Commission, which...
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Overview

In his earlier book about training, The Intern Blues, Robert Marion recorded the stories of three pediatric interns during the course of a year under his tutelage at a major medical center in New York City. Now, more than ten years later, he returns to that medical center and a new group of interns. Dr. Marion is older and wiser, and the system he describes has changed beyond recognition - or has it? In 1986, the tragic and controversial Libby Zion case spawned the formation of the landmark Bell Commission, which ultimately reformed intern training conditions. The impact of these reforms serves as a backdrop and metaphor for Rotations. The book illustrates how life is different today for doctors-in-training as a result of the Zion case, yet shows how many of the medical establishment's outmoded policies have remained in place. Rotations is filled with thrilling heroics and harrowing tragedies, stories that make up the daily life of a hospital. It's a timely, dramatic account of medicine, capturing the sharp, sometimes painful learning curve of the raw recruits softened by the patience and hard-earned wisdom of an experienced physician.

"...told by three medical interns, giving different voices to one of the hardest years in an MDs career."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737258240
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    A must read for future physicians

    Rotations will open the eyes of anyone who hopes to go into medicine. All glorification of the job is stripped away, leaving the brutal, honest truth about the life of an intern. Issues are addressed that one considering medicine might have never thought about, such as the disassociation from loved ones and hatred of patients. This book helped me understand the life of an intern more than the year I spent working in the ICU alongside interns and residents. There is no substitute for the firsthand accounts given in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 1999

    Excellent page turner despite its many characters

    Marion used a lot of material from his previous work Intern Blues. He also often quoted The House of God, a book that also deals with intern life. The book relies on diaries taken from different interns in a pediatric internship (including his own experiences) to determine if recent legislation restricting their work hours has made an improvement in their lifestyle. The hardships outstandingly articulated by the author paint a pessimistic and inhumane view of intern life. His stories were vivid and entertaining. I had a hard time putting this book down. The only I could say nbad about it was that I found it difficult to follow along knowing who each charter was. That was not that hard to do though because it was so entertaining.

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