Written by Vincent Lam
Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 978-0-385-66144-7 (0-385-66144-4)
Pub Date: September 26, 2006
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1. Consider the personalities of Ming, Chen, Sri, and Fitz. Which character did you most identify with and why?
2. In “How to Get into Medical School, Part 1,” Ming and Fitz talk about the “right reasons” to become physicians: service, humanity, and giving. What other motivations do you think they each had that weren’t vocalized at the time?
3. In “Take All of Murphy,” what is the significance of how differently Ming and Chen treated the cadaver?
4. What did you find to be the most compelling moral dilemma explored in this book?
5. When Sri is trying to diagnose his patient Winston (p.125) Dr. Miniadis tells him: “You’ve heard that the sound of hoofbeats implies the presence of horses? It is true that we must look carefully for zebras, but for the most part we expect to find horses.” Discuss whether you think this advice helped Sri deal with his patient.
6. Discuss the various scenarios in which the characters were forced to deal with death.
7. What part of the story “Contact Tracing” surprised you the most, and why?
8. Why do you think the author chose to tell some stories involving Chen (“A Long Migration,” “Before Light”) and Fitz (“Eli,” “Night Flight”) in the first person?
9. What is your final opinion of Fitz?
10. Which story did you enjoy the most and why?
11. How have these stories made you look at doctors and other health care professionals differently?
12. The book will be made into a TV series–which actors would you cast to play the four main characters?
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