Cutting for Stone Topics for Discussion

Abraham Verghese
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Describe Thomas Stone's relationship with his children throughout the novel. Initially, what do you think motivates his decision to abandon his children at birth? When you learn Stone's childhood back story, does that justify his behaviors? Why or why not? Be sure to use examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

What does Cutting for Stone reveal about the emotional lives of doctors? Contrast the attitudes of Hema, Ghosh, Marion, Shiva, and Thomas Stone toward their work. What draws each of them to the practice of medicine? How are they affected, emotionally and otherwise, by the work they do?

As a doctor, Marion is able to view the medical systems in Ethiopia and America. First, describe the medical system in Ethiopia. Who receives good medical attention? At what cost? Then, compare / contrast that to the medical system in America. What is the...

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