The Death Committee by Noah Gordon
What if hospitals and doctors could quietly bury their mistakes? This fascinating, bestselling novel tells you why they can’t.
Three young men from different backgrounds have graduated from medical schools and become surgical fellows at a leading teaching hospital in Boston. They learn to become surgeons, to communicate with patients and families, and to be observed and appraised by their peers and professors on daily rounds. And each month—sometimes with dry mouth and rapid pulse—each attends the meeting of the Mortality Conference, known to all as the Death Committee, which examines every patient loss for possible human error, in order to prevent it from happening again. How the Death Committee affects and is affected by the lives, loves, and ambitions of three new doctors is the theme of this intriguing and profoundly moving novel.
“Noah Gordon has succeeded in writing a book which . . . helps the reader to understand what goes into the making of a modern surgeon . . . A hard book to put down.” —The Boston Globe
“If you like a good story, told with a wealth of detail and insight into human nature on the part of doctors as well as patients, this book is just what the doctor ordered. You will not be able to put it down.” —The Hartford Times
“A big, authentic novel.” —The New York Times
“Admirably researched, ambitious, diligent, and swiftly paced.” —Chicago Sun-Times
Noah Gordon has had outstanding international success. The Physician
, soon to be a motion picture, has been called a modern classic, and booksellers at the Madrid Book Fair voted it “one of the 10 best-loved books of all time.” Shaman
was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Both of these books, and five of the author’s other novels—The Rabbi, The Death Committee, The Jerusalem Diamond, Matters of Choice,
and The Winemaker
—are published in digital formats by Barcelona eBooks and Open Road Integrated Media. Gordon’s novel, The Last Jew
, will also be published digitally in the near future. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, Lorraine Gordon.
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