In his acclaimed memoir Intern, Sandeep Jauhar chronicled the
formative years of his residency at a prestigious New York City
hospital. Doctored, his harrowing follow-up, observes the
crisis of American medicine through the eyes of an attending
Hoping for the stability he needs to start
a family, Jauhar accepts a position at a massive teaching hospital
on the outskirts of Queens. With a decade's worth of elite medical
training behind him, he is eager to settle down and reap the
rewards of countless sleepless nights. Instead, he is confronted
with sobering truths. Doctors' morale is low and getting lower.
Blatant cronyism determines patient referrals, corporate ties
distort medical decisions, and unnecessary tests are routinely
performed in order to generate income. Meanwhile, a single patient
in Jauhar's hospital might see fifteen specialists in one stay and
still fail to receive a full picture of his actual condition.
Provoked by his unsettling experiences,
Jauhar has written an introspective memoir that is also an
impassioned plea for reform. With American medicine at a
crossroads, Doctored is the important work of a writer
unafraid to challenge the establishment and incite controversy.