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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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License, which permits for noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any digital medium, provided the original work is properly cited and bloodlettinng not altered in any way. For details, please refer to http: Bloodletting is an honest and revealing bloodlettnig, which entertains while challenging the reader to reflect on some of the ethical issues presented.

Miracuoous characters have strong initial presentation, but this falters towards the denouement. A scene in the anatomy lab introduces us to three of the protagonists as first-year medical students: Ming, the acerbic, scalpel-happy, left-brain dominant Type A personality, Sri, a sensitive soul who insists on naming the cadaver, and Chen, the peacekeeper who prevents Ming and Sri from vivisecting each other.

Fitzgerald, the fourth protagonist, is a loner who uses alcohol to exorcise his demons. The first few stories provide the reader with portraits of these physicians in their youth, while the rest diverge into crossroads following their respective professional and personal lives. In the care of his prose, Ming, Sri, Chen and Fitz are more than words on a page. As a reader, one already feels acquainted with the protagonists: The first three stories, introducing his mitaculous as medical students, are his strongest: Lam breathes life into his characters by revealing their flaws, vulnerabilities and humanity.


He allows the reader to become the character, suffering through the drama and anxieties they bpoodletting faced with. One of the most memorable scenes is when the lovesick Fitzgerald imagines possible alternate endings to his romantic drama; the author describes this in a comical quasi-soap opera script format. The angst of applying to medical school is captured in a humorous and touching way: Others currs not genuine, they agreed, and transparently wanted to become doctors for money and prestige.

Ming and Fitz wanted medicine for the right reasons, they told each other: Because their motivations were clean, they were certain they deserved it more than those among them. They did not ask why they wanted to serve, be humane or to give. These simply felt like the right motivations and being correctly motivated should blpodletting their chances of success.

This was enough and these sentiments felt easy and immune from questioning. Lam skillfully intertwines various ethical questions throughout Bloodletting while still allowing his sense of humour and wit to shine through.

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Although the early stories succeed in making the reader care about the characters, the latter half of Bloodletting does not live up to its full miraculouw for character development. The second half reduces the complex features of some of the protagonists into two-dimensional blpodletting. Ming, a fascinating multifaceted character, was given a brilliant exposition in the first story.


Yet after this, she seems to be forgotten, her character left to languish without any development. She reappears briefly in An Insistent Tidebut mostly as blooletting to another storyline. It seems a waste to see such an interesting character left behind.

The gap that the reader feels in the latter half is testament to the strength of the early stories; I felt as if I had lost touch with four old friends after knowing them so well in the beginning.

Bloodletting and miraculous cures

Regardless of this, Dr. The reader is immersed in the world Dr. Lam has created through his short stories. It has great potential for use in medical education as a narrative that may spark interesting discussion of ethics and professionalism.

Bpoodletting one of the stories, the author describes the thoughts of a character: Lam is an accomplished writer. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Journal List Mcgill J Med v. Reviewed by Jennifer Clara Tang.

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