- By: Navin Chohan
Written in the first person, Bodies follows the journey of a graduate, straight out of medical school, through his preregistration year and eventually into his SHO jobs at a large city teaching hospital.
Life as a preregistration house officer and later as an SHO drives him to become increasingly cynical and detached from what he views as normal life. His relationship with his lawyer girlfriend crumbles and he starts an affair with an engaged final year student nurse. Gradually he disengages from the outside world and his whole life gravitates to the hospital. He sees the hospital as a different world to that outside—the “interior”—of which “civilians” have no comprehension.
As the horrors and pressure get to the SHO, he begins to feel helpless and trapped in an immoral institution where the lines between right and wrong are blurred.
Mercurio maintains authenticity throughout Bodies by using accurate medical terms. The