November 10: Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures
The second example from Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures is another one of the four main character’s named Fitzgerald. The first few chapters are about his and Ming’s interactions. They started out as study partners and then a romantic relationship started when Ming was accepted to medical school and Fitz was not. The relationship ended when Ming left for school in Toronto. Fitz was devastated and tried many times to meet her in Toronto. He made it into medical school the next year and bumped into Ming with her new partner Chen. He never got over her and upon completing medical school tested many different types of jobs. He also started to drink and had a hard time coping with the stresses of the job. He has trouble dealing with the heartbreak and rejection from Ming and has a hard time dealing with his life after it. It shows him as human because he has strong, distressed emotions over his lost love. He is never able to heal and move on, affecting his career and life.
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The novel Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam allows the reader a look into the personal and professional lives of four young doctors who are breaking into the field of medicine. The book is a great way to see the imperfections of doctors and how they too are only human. The first example is one of the protagonists, Ming. She is very professional and likes to do things exactly how they are supposed to be done. Her clean-cut personality makes her the perfect candidate for a career as a doctor. She also has the grades coming out of her undergraduate studies. The reason she knows how to study properly and get good grades is not very respectable. Her older cousin, who was already a doctor offered to “tutor” her in the art of studying in exchange for sex. The pressure from her parents and herself was to great to pass up the opportunity to figure out the key to success. While she would have figured out how to make it in medical school on her own, her cousins study methods made her road to success much easier and shorter. This shows that she is human, and flawed. Her desire for success overpowered here morals and her sense of what is considered right in today’s society. Ming’s decision haunts her throughout her career as she knows what she did for her success is wrong.