Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures was first a collections of loosely related short shorties written by Canadian doctor Vincent Lam about the lives of a group of med students who become doctors. The short story collection won the 2006 Giller prize and was a Canadian bestseller. It’s been a long while since I read the book but I do remember enjoying all the interesting medical school and hospitable stuff but being less enthralled by the personal relationships. Overall it was an insightful book that I’d particularly recommend for anyone wanting to learn more about the realities of med school and the medical profession.
You can read or listen to an excerpt from the book here.
Unfortunately I don’t have cable or satellite so I won’t be able to watch the whole series (8 episodes). The TV series stars a couple of Asian Canadian actors in Byron Mann and Mayko Nguyen. So if you have HBO Canada which is available through specialty channels Movie Central or Movie Network (depending on where you live in Canada), check out the TV series Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures premiering Sunday, January 10 at 8pm EST and showing weekly at the same time and day until February 28.
The first episode is free to view online (at least for Canadians, don’t know about anywhere else) on HBO Canada’s site. Based on that episode, it seems like it will be focusing more on the love triangle than the medical stuff which doesn’t thrill me. I don’t remember a love triangle in the book.