Friday Morning Bookclub

December 31, 2010

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Cutting For Stone 4 1/2 Omelets

Filed under: Cutting for Stone,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 4:42 pm

Amazon readers gave Cutting For Stone  4 1/2 stars

Barnes and Noble gave Cutting For Stone 4  stars

Cutting For Stone follows the lives of  two brothers born in Ethiopia to a nun, who manages to hide her pregnancy and dies during child birth. A fascinating story!


December 10, 2010

Cutting For Stone

Filed under: Cutting for Stone — janinefrier @ 9:50 pm

This month’s book was Abraham Verghese’s Epic story “Cutting For Stone”.  The Friday Morning Book Club met today at our usual spot to discuss this book and have a fun book related gift exchange.  The general consensus was that most members of our group really liked this book.  A few of us thought that it could have told the same wonderful story, but with less medical and other details.  Generally though, we found the story very engaging and we loved the depth of the characters.

Below is a video of a book review show from English TV, talking about “Cutting For Stone”.  See what the panel thinks of this book and hear an interview with the author.

December 6, 2010

Rate The Book: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

Filed under: Cutting for Stone,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 11:22 am

Help us rate this month’s book. All votes are welcomed!

November 29, 2010

This Month’s Book:Cutting For Stone

Filed under: Cutting for Stone,Literary Tidbits — susanbright @ 11:25 am

Athough I am familiar with the term Hippocratic oath, and have a vague sense of what it is, I had never read the complete oath. I had never heard of the term “cut for stone” which is actually in the original oath which doctors took, promising to be ethical in their practice of medicine. Today’s doctors ( not all even take an oath) take a more modern oath which does not typically include the phrase “cut for stone.”

There are several different translations of the line in the original hippocratic oath such as:

” I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.”

“With purity and holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art. I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work”

 According to Hippocrates  “To cut through the bladder is lethal,” and therefore should be preformed by surgeons only and not physicians. Although they are specifically talking about the practice of removing stones fron the bladder, this line actually refers to all types of surgeries.

Clever title for a book who’s main characters are Dr Thomas Stone, Marion Stone and Shiva Stone!

November 16, 2010

The Inspiration Behind Cutting For Stone

Filed under: Cutting for Stone — susanbright @ 4:33 pm

This month’s book is Cutting For Stone. Check this out!

November 12, 2010

This Month’s Book: Cutting For Stone

Filed under: Cutting for Stone,What is next?? — susanbright @ 10:56 am

Everyone is raving about Abraham Verghese’s most recent book Cutting For Stone. Cutting For Stone is described as a love story, medical story and family saga. Marion and Shiva are conjoined twins seperated at birth.  When their mother, an Indian nun dies during child birth and their father, a British surgeon abandons them, the twins are left to be raised by the staff of the Missing Hospital in Ethiopia.

Cutting For Stone has won several awards and is on the New York Times Best Seller List. Please join us in reading Cutting For Stone.

September 19, 2010

About Abraham Verghese’s: Author Of November’s Book, Cutting For Stone — and video link

Filed under: Cutting for Stone,Literary Tidbits — annwalter @ 7:41 pm

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.

CUTTING FOR STONE is his most recent book and his first novel. It is an epic love story, medical story and family saga. It is in its 9th printing and is being translated into 16 languages.

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.

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.

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