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Michael Weisberg, M.D.
Print Length: 346 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1483419975
Publisher: Rebreca Publishing; First Edition edition (July 11, 2014)
Publication Date: July 11, 2014
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What happens when you are admitted to the hospital as a patient, and the physician assigned to be your doctor has never seen you before and knows absolutely nothing about you?
Welcome to Medicine in the 21st century, where the results of having a Hospitalist instead of your own doctor can be disastrous.
Specialist Dr. Aaron Bernstein enters the world of the Hospitalist firsthand when he confronts a schizophrenic patient who — literally — is a ticking time-bomb.
So based on the book blurb, I thought I was reading a story about a schizo patient with a bomb strapped to his chest or inside his body or something. After reading through half of the book (many, many chapters are used to develop back stories of these different doctors [or hospitalists, as some are sometimes referred to], some of which I didn’t think were significant enough to the main story to include), we find out that Jumpy Johnson has no bomb on him anywhere. And there is certainly no countdown of any sort to give any indication of when he might go off. He’s just pretty much off his rocker during his entire hospital stay.
But those problems aside, it was a very interesting read. I’ve heard about doctors that have made their fortunes by ordering unnecessary tests, but this book opened my eyes to the possibility that it might be a larger problem than I thought. Luckily, I don’t think that I’ve run into so many corrupt people in the medical field. With many family members just starting their careers as doctors, I hope that they aren’t tempted to find the easy way to make money off people who need medical help and only do enough just to avoid lawsuits. It makes me wonder how prevalent it is since Weinberg’s characters all seem to walk the wrong side of that fine line.
I’m not sure what I was supposed to take away from reading this book. Caution? But just like a hospitalist can’t be sure of what their new patient is hiding, you can never be sure that the doctor/hospitalist taking care of you is really doing the right thing for you.
Dr. Michael F. Weisberg
Dr. Michael Weisberg has been a practicing gastroenterologist for over 23 years in Plano, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
He has been recognized as a ‘Super-Doctor’ by Texas Monthly and named to D Magazine’s list of best doctors eight times. Dr. Weisberg also serves as a board member of Digestive Health Associates of Texas.
Dr. Weisberg graduated in 1981 from Vanderbilt University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1985 and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Weisberg has written stories throughout his medical career. In 2011 he won first prize in a short-story competition sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
The Hospitalist is Dr. Weisberg’s first novel. He is currently working on his second novel.
He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.
American College of Gastroenterology
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Texas Medical Association
Dallas County Medical Society
North Texas Chapter – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
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