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Sanjay Gupta adds fiction to his workload

February 2, 2013
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES - When doctors get called on the carpet by other doctors, it's productive but not always pretty, as neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta describes it. Closed-door meetings in which physicians candidly dissect cases that went awry can verge on "dignified versions of street fights," said CNN's globe-trotting correspondent.

He drew on such sessions - commonplace for hospitals, if little publicly known - for his first novel, "Monday Mornings," and is a writer-producer on a new TNT series based on the 2012 book.

The drama, from veteran producer David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal," ''The Practice") and with a heavyweight cast that includes Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Bill Irwin, debuts Monday (10 p.m. EST). That's also the day the show's fictional Chelsea General Hospital holds its weekly reviews.

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In the real world, such meetings to scrutinize complications and mistakes in patient care can lead to new guidelines, Gupta said.

 
 

 

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