Doctors

Doctors

by Erich Segal

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Overview

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553278118
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1989
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 826,845
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Erich Segal (1937–2010) began his writing career with the phenomenally successful Love Story. He wrote eight other novels, including The Class, which was an international bestseller and won literary prizes in France and Italy. Doctors reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Segal’s academic focus included Green and Latin literature—subjects he taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Oxford.

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Doctors 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great+writing
vanamala on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This actually is a romantic novel about a guy and a gal wanting to be doctors. But the way the author has weaved it into their 5 years of Harvard along with the other students makes it an awesome read. Intelligently the author just concentrate on the love life or just the main characters. But he also talks about the travails of other students during their years at Harvard. A very nice, enjoyable and informative read.There is another book by the same author which is almost on similar line 'The Class'. This is also an interesting read.
happines on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 American 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. Its very touching that no matter how badly messed up in life they both get, the other friend is always there to brighten the day. Laura Castellano?s character is truly an inspiration to women folk everywhere. She achieves success in her work but at the cost of her personal life. She relies on Barney whenever she is in trouble and he helps her out no matter what. Barney(who goes on to become a psychologist) makes it a point to help Laura not lapse into self-deprecation. After a particularly bad relation he advises her in a beautiful one liner, ¿¿One complete person deserves another complete person¿¿. An important character is that of Bennett Landsmann; a Black youth who does his best to overcome racial discrimination. He becomes one of the first colored persons to graduate from the med school. The best part is that he never lets his work suffer inspite of facing trying circumstances because of his color. The Jewish aspect also comes up in the story as Bennett¿s adopted parents are Jews. The Jewish people and their issues is a common factor in the storyline here, as in most of Segal¿s other books like ¿¿The Class¿¿ as well as ¿¿Acts Of Faith?. The Judaic flavor that runs through Segal¿s books could also be attributed to the fact that Segal was the first of three sons born in a Jewish family to Cynthia and rabbi Samuel M. Segal. Segal¿s got an amazing vocabulary, which is hardly a surprise because he teaches literature at Yale, Princeton and Harvard. In fact if you plan to prepare for the GRE Verbal, you could pick up a lot of words from the book.There are other characters like Seth, who helps in euthanasia rather than watch his patients suffer in extreme pain. Laura?s parents who let her down and go their separate ways. Some characters undergo a great behavioral change e.g. Palmer (Laura?s husband)- from a nice guy to a complete rogue without much of an explanation which mystifies the reader.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. Concepts like euthanasia and doctor¿s ethics are touched upon, not to mention the adrenaline of the operating room. There is a lot of medical knowledge to be found here and many exciting hospital room scenes.A long book ? its over 600 pages but it is very captivating and can be finished over a couple of days. I found the initial part of the book a tad slow but the speed picks up once Laura and Barney enter med scho
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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