Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

Vincent Lam

Fast, dark, funny and completely believable, these stories featuring medical students/doctors Ming, Fitz, Chen and Sri are so interlinked that the book should appeal to those who don't usually choose short stories as well as those who do.

Extract

It's not simple to move a critcally ill man. It might seem that it would be like moving a parcel, or shouldering a big warm duffle bag. But it's not, because the tubes and lines splay from every orifice, drape the sides of the stretcher, threaten constantly to be kinked and cut off or tugged out of postion. The functions of moving air, of regulating fluid, of voiding urine, which a healthy man keeps secreat and neat within closed skin and barely refers to while going through life occupied with desire and philosophy, become visible external concerns. How much urine output?

Parallels
  • Chekhov's Doctors: A Collection of Checkhov's Medical Tales by Anton Chekhov
  • Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
  • In Stitches by Nick Edwards