If you are looking for a good book to read that is both deliciously sarcastic and entertaining, while at the same time very educational and enlightening, I strongly recommend Assume The Physician by John F. Hunt, M.D.
It is a novel that tells the story of a young intern, Dr. Eddie Marcus, as he goes through his first year of training after medical school. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of the dysfunction of the American medical system, with a few commentaries about society in general thrown in. It will simultaneously make you laugh, while at the same time make you angry.
I recommend this book for doctors, nurses, and anyone else in the health care field. I also recommend it for their spouses and other loved ones who wonder why they have become so burnt out and cynical over the years. It is also great for the layperson who is curious about why health care is so expensive and why doctors are leaving the field of medicine at an alarming rate.
Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.
From the back cover:
The hilarious novel written in the radical satirical style of Catch-22, M*A*S*H, and House of God, ASSUME THE PHYSICIAN lays bare all the nakedness of the emperors running America’s health care system. Part Animal Farm and part Animal House, ASSUME THE PHYSICIAN is the story of young Dr. Eddie Marcus, who fights to provide care for his patients while engaging in battle against everyone who wants to prevent him from doing so, via their rules, guidelines, mandates, standardized tests, and other such hogwash.