Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures – Review


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Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures - Review
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures is a short story collection by Vincent Lam. In 2006 the book won the Canadian prestigious
prize. Vincent Lam is a physician and the inspiration for the book came from his experiences as a medical school student and a medical practitioner. The stories are interconnected and follow the lives and experiences of four medical students. The twelve stories deal with several matters. One main theme of the book is the nature of the medical profession in Canada today. Another theme deals with the personal lives, choices, loves and sometimes tragedies of the protagonists of the book. Through very realistic portrayal of seemingly everyday situations Lam...
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The short story collection ‘Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures’ offers insight into the complex lives of physicians and the relationship they have with patients, the society and themselves. Most of the stories are told in a precise, straightforward fashion and many deal with seemingly everyday, ordinary events that give rise to deep ethical and moral questions. Having placed all their faith in science and reason, the main characters are often struck powerless when dealing with these questions that science does not provide answers to. The prestige that our society places on physicians is often a burden and an unattainable goal simultaneously.
Works Cited
Lam, Vincent Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2006