I was on holiday and so thought to broaden out my reading tastes. I saw this book as a freebie and thought "What have I got to lose?"
(In truth the answer was 'my dinner' but more of this later.)
Firstly, let me say I'm so glad I read this book. I started reading and couldn't put it down. If anything the weakest chapter is the first, so if you like the sample - buy the book.
'Seven Patients' is clever on so many different levels. I especially enjoyed Raje's descent (ah, or is it an ascent?) into ignoring medical law and acting out of human sympathy for the plight of his patients. This was subtly and totally believably done. I suspect US medical practise is different to the UK, but even so I was able to follow the culture of the med students and keep up with the lingo. Be warned, however, that this book is quite graphic in places -so much so that I decided to stop reading a few hours before bedtime in case it gave me nightmares - and I'm a practising veterinarian!
It's also clever because of the question of cause and effect raised within it - but just in case I'm beginning to sound pompous let me summarise - a cracking good read with grotesque elements.