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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679752927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679752929
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABRAHAM VERGHESE is senior associate chair and professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. He sees patients, teaches students and writes.

From 1990 to 1991, Abraham Verghese attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at The University of Iowa, where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree.

His first book, MY OWN COUNTRY, about AIDS in rural Tennessee, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1994 and was made into a movie directed by Mira Nair and starring Naveen Andrews, Marisa Tomei, Glenne Headley and others.

His second book, THE TENNIS PARTNER, was a New York Times notable book and a national bestseller.

CUTTING FOR STONE is his most recent book and his first novel. It is an epic love story, medical story and family saga. It appeared in hardback in 2009, and is in its 9th printing and is being translated into 16 languages. CUTTING FOR STONE will be released as a Vintage paperback in February 2010.

Verghese has an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Swarthmore College and has published extensively in the medical literature, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

His writing, both non-fiction and fiction, has to do with his view of medicine as a passionate and romantic pursuit; he sees the bedside ritual of examining the patient as a critical, cost saving, time-honored and necessary, (but greatly threatened) skill that cements the patient-physician relationship. He coined the term the 'iPatient' to describe the phenomenon of the virtual patient in the computer becoming the object of attention to the detriment of the real patient in the bed.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bean Cosnochta on 21 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
I read this some time ago but the story and descriptions are still ripe - from the author's description of the young man being brought in to hospital barely able to breathe (he was suffering from AIDS-related pneumonia) to the confusion and upset of families who never expected to be affected by AIDS as well as the prejudice faced by the author from within his own community because of the patients he treated. Some of the book is desperately bleak but there are some darkly humorous parts to the book. I defy anyone reading it to not be moved by it. Well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Tracy D. Saunders on 26 July 2010
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I love this book, Abraham Verghese is Honest, candid, (Even to the point of showing his own failings) and gives an amazing insight into the difficult world of the early years of HIV treatment in America seen from the viewpoint of a doctor that has made America his home,
even though it is Autobiographical it has the feeling of a novel, and you look forward to finding out what happens next. His descriptive writing is beautiful,If you enjoy watching ER you will enjoy this. I haven't finished yet, and I don't want to !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fishergirl on 11 Mar 2011
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Well written autobiography detailing the fight against aids and the effects on rural communities in America.This book gives an insight into the suffering and social stigma attached to both the victim and their families.I found it hard to put down.Even better by the same author is the novel Cutting for Stone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sevillana on 15 Jun 2010
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I read this book further to the brilliant Cutting the Stone and The Tennis Player. Mr Verghese is so open and truthful about his life as a doctor specialising in AIDS and HIV in America. It is obvious from his writing that he is openminded and has a genuine desire to help people and make people's lives better. However I would say his fiction writing (Cutting the Stone) hits his message home more than non-fiction. That may say more about me as a reader than Mr Verghese as a writer though - the quality is excellent in both genres.
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By A Customer on 28 Nov 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a not only a first-rate story, but also is a great study of the conflict between several cultures (e.g., family, heritage, upbringing, the military, West Point, the Sixties) that shape Kai Ting's life. Gus Lee does a fantastic job of developing real, believable and thoroughly interesting characters, and really making the reader care about what happens to each of the people in the book. My only disappointment was that the book ended too soon! I wanted to read more! . . . unless the author's thinking was that he wanted the reader come up with his or her own continuation of the story, or perhaps we will someday see a sequel. I hope the latter is true.
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I have read "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese and it will remain one of my all time favourite books.
This is very different, semi-autobiographical and reads more like a Doctor's paper on a medical subject - totally fascinating. I look forward to reading The Tennis Partner.
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I am a great fan of Abraham Verghese. I am waiting with bated breath for his new novel - written but not published yet.

My own country is about the emergence of AIDS in a small town in the US. Doctors originally thought it would stay in big cities like New York and Chicago. However, it eventually spread to the provinces and this is the true story of how Dr. Verghese coped with the victims and problems of HIV and full blown aids.
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