Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures invites us into a world where the ordinary becomes the critical in a matter of seconds. A formidable debut, it is a profound and. Dr. Vincent Lam’s Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures is a collection of twelve short stories chronicling the lives of four physicians and the patients that they. Bloodletting and miraculous cures. Reviewed by Michael Lock, MD CCFP FRCPC. AUTHOR Vincent Lam, PUBLISHER Random House of Canada Ltd,

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mirsculous STRENGTHS Well-written and gripping collection of medical fiction; a page-turner that takes you from student days to medical evacuations to severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The author, Vincent Lam, is an emergency physician currently working in Toronto, Ont.

Bloodletting and miraculous cures

His book is a collection of stories with characters whose lives crisscross over time. The title suggests miracu,ous will be able to peek behind the veil of medicine that has progressed beyond bloodletting and miraculous cures.


The book discusses the thoughts and worries of people involved in medicine as they progress from premed to medical school to practice, but it does not provide insight into their trials and tribulations.

These stories are about moral dilemmas, heartbreak, and devastation.

Lam can accelerate a story to a heart-pounding blur of events and slow it down to reveal the intimate details of an everyday medical event. He does this by bringing readers into the minds of the characters as they deal with these events.

One of the best stories unwinds from a dawdling and distracted beginning with a pregnant woman in early labour.

Lam introduces agonizing problems in quick succession. Anesthesia is unavailable as the fetal heart rate drops. Readers will not put the book down until the story careens to the end. Some events and characters are contemptible and unethical, which was unsettling.

I was frustrated by a lack of a cohesive or redemptive theme, by the unsatisfying conclusions of some stories, and by certain dark story lines.


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