From the early morning rounds to the midnight stabbings: Holmes gives us the feeling that we're seeing it all, mostly through the eyes of Nick, a third-year medical student plunged into hospital routine. Readers too are plunged right into the action in Holmes' opening chapter, set in the emergency room. Later we visit hospitalized patients, observe a delivery and an operation at close hand, watch Nick sew tip another surgery patient, and feel with him when he must break a lung cancer diagnosis to the patient. We're also clued in as to the status significance of the clothing worn by doctors, residents, interns, and students--the sort of detail some readers relish. There's nothing disillusioning here--no exposÃ‰ or horror stories or criticism of the health care system--but both Holmes and Beller make what is here very real, and involving in its you-are-there immediacy.