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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2008
As an Obstetric Resident, Bloodletting was like speaking to someone who truly felt the intensity of the day- to-day life of a physician. I couldn't put it down, and read the whole thing front to back sitting lopsided in an uncomfortable chair. His story "an insistent tide" stuck a particular cord with me, he did an excellent job of capturing the acuity of a cord prolapse and the emotions that accompany the shift from a normal healthy birth to an emergency situation. My heart was pounding. Well done!
-Dr. Anne Berndl, Author; "So You Want to Be a Doctor, Eh?"
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on August 11, 2014
Bought this book for school. I don't read much but I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Enough for me to actively get involved with discussions and write a final essay on it. Incredible book, I loved it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2008
I immensely enjoyed Boodletting and Mraculous Cures. I couldn't put it down. Dr. Lam's book not only gave me a greater appreciation of what our doctors must go through in order to get to be doctors, but also, at the end of the day, reminds us they are people too. People who are dead tired at the end of thier work day too. People who fight with their spouses, then have to go to work. People who suffer from alcohol and drug problems. But, like a small majority of our work force, people who, when called to do so, put their lives on the line for us, their patients.

Another book to read after Bloodletting, How Doctors Think.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2006
'Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures' is an excellent debut collection of stories, especially "How to Get Into Medical School Part I". Lam has created a number of recurring characters that I enjoyed following throughout the collection. The relationship between Fitzgerald and Ming is full of tension and disappointment which Lam handles with a deft hand.
Vincent Lam is a writer to watch.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
I have never written a review for amazon, but the poor rating of this book inspired me to write my first.

Each of these stories is captivating and so well written that you will find yourself completely engrossed. The characters are deep. You don't get to see them as much as you might in a novel, but they go through so much growth and so many complications (both on screen and off) that it makes you feel like you got to know them on a personal level. The relationships between the characters come full circle, leaving you wondering what their relationships ultimately mean to each other. When I finished reading one story I would immediately began the next to see which characters were in it and how they had changed.

The stories deal with real medical issues, and provide you with some insight into the medical world you probably didn't know about. I like how the characters go through real issues, but it is all background to the more immediate needs of their jobs as doctors.

If you enjoy intriguing stories and well written characters you will love this book.
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2006
I read this book a few weeks back after the cover caught my attention in the bookshop. Normally I don't choose a book by the cover, but it got me reading into it a bit and it looked good. The whole book captivated me, the characters are all really realistic and easy to relate to. I'm glad Vincent Lam won the Giller for this book. It's well deserved.

5 out of 5 is my ranking.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2006
I really loved reading this book. It grabbed me with the telling of stories from multiple viewpoints. Showing the motivations of the characters and their foibles made the characters easy to relate to, and hence the story more compelling. Read it in less than one day; I have not done that with a book in a while.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2007
As an emergency physician I found many of these stories quite entertaining. Memories of medical school anatomy labs were resurrected. I could almost smell the lab while reading the account. Also much of the feelings I have had while working a shift in the ED or preparing for a night shift were all too accurately described here. Well done Dr. Lam
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