Kirill Nikolaev Nikolaev itibaren Tsvetkovka, Primorskiy kray, Rusya
This was sort of an afternoon-soap-opera medical drama that delved in to the personal lives of 30 physicians and hospital employees in the late 1980s. The preface states each story is true, but names of the persons and places involved are all fictional, though I'm not entirely sure if I believe that. I enjoyed it all the way through despite this contradiction, and coming from a medical office sort of standpoint and seeing the interactions here between doctors and nurses and others titled in medicine here made me search in the stories for those I communicate with on a work basis. The focus of the book seems to be addressing the issue of the doctor as superhuman when in reality doctors are merely human, just trained in a succint field of study that has the power to affect every person. It has an interesting flow, with the POV of each chapter being first-person but being prefaced with vignettes from others that know the person of the chapter telling their opinion of them. It showcases some of the dramatics that all offices are prone to, and a few bits made me giggle (like how one can tell that a woman became a nurse to land a doctor husband). Some of the stories that the residents tell of procedures they or someone else performed while intoxicated made me feel a nit queasy, having heard of similar things in the medical system. This book goes a long way in pulling down the myth of the doctor being all-good and all-powerful, if one can get past the high-school dramatics of the individual stories.