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Vintage, Mar 6, 2003 - Medical ethics - 368 pages
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Inside every hospital exists a world no outsider has been allowed to see, not even the idealistic young man who has come to start a career in medicine. What awaits him is a life of institutionalised cynicism, pitch-black humour and visceral sex, and soon it changes him more terribly than he could ever have feared. Written by a former doctor, Bodies is a novel of almost unbearable power and intensity. It is also a moving portrait of the loss of innocence, the healing power of sexual love, and of a young man's quest for redemption in a world that's lost its sense of right and wrong. In Bodies, Jed Mercurio, the man behind the television series Cardiac Arrest, has produced an even more disturbingly authentic despatch from the frontline of hospital life.--Publisher description.

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Jed Mercurio trained at the University of Birmingham Medical School and worked at various hospitals in the West Midlands before becoming a full-time writer in 1994. He wrote the highly acclaimed television drama Cardiac Arrest. His first novel, Bodies, was chosen as one of the five best debuts of 2002 by the Guardian and his television adaptation won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series of 2005. His second novel, Ascent, was published in 2007. His latest novel for Cape and Simon & Schuster, American Adulterer, a fictionalisation of President John F. Kennedy's personal life, was published in Spring 2009.

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