New novel by Dr. John Daniels of St. Louis, a son of Jewish immigrants who escaped the Holocaust, who uses his experiences as a Jewish person, as well as a gay male to help tell a story.
Dr. John Daniels of St. Louis put his medical knowledge to work in his first novel, “The Intern,” which was recently featured at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.
Part love story, part mystery, part thriller, the book focuses on the trials and tribulations of protagonist John Green who tries to use his own problem-solving skills as a doctor to mend his broken relationships. But that doesn’t always work.
Daniels, who has practiced internal medicine and endocrinology at Washington University School of Medicine since 1979, said he has wanted to write a work of fiction since he was in middle school, and finally found the time to do it.
“I have always read classical novelists – and they inspired me to write,” he said. “I used a lot of my own experiences to write the book.”
The son of Jewish immigrants who escaped the Holocaust, Daniels also used his experiences as a Jewish person, as well as a gay male to help tell the story.
It all begins when Jason Green begins his internship at Sinai Medical Center, where there appears to be no limit to what he can achieve. Brilliant and hard working, he is driven to help ease people’s suffering. He has a knack for asking the questions that will lead to correct diagnoses. His efforts earn him the respect of his superiors — and the attention of Philip Olsen, an attractive orthopedic surgeon.