A not entirely benign procedure: four years as a medical student

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New American Library, 1988 - Medical students - 286 pages
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During her four years at Harvard Medical School, Perri Klass wrote articles for The New York Times and also managed to have a baby. Her unusual experiences, combined with an insightful, witty prose style, create a fresh and compelling account of the making of a doctor.

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Review: A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student

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I always love medical memoirs. This author is a frequent contributor to the NYT Tuesday Science section. Read full review

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User Review  - Leah - Goodreads

A collection of fascinating, thoughtful, well-written essays about medical school. The third section is particularly good. I made my husband, who is an attending, read the essay called "Power Plays ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
THE PRECLINICAL YEARS
23
The LivinginSin Potluck and Other Tales of the First
29
Copyright

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About the author (1988)

Perri Klass is a practicing pediatrician, an acclaimed author of fiction & nonfiction, & a prizewinning journalist. She has won five O. Henry Awards for her short stories, including three of the stories in "Love & Modern Medicine". Her fiction includes two novels, "Recombinations & Other Women's Children", & a collection of short stories, "I Am Having an Adventure". She has also written two collections of essays about medicine, "A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student" & "Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician's Training". Her columns & articles have appeared in the "New York Times Magazine", the "Washington Post", the "Boston Globe", "Discover", & "Parenting". She recently won a James Beard Foundation Award for an article in "Gourmet", "The Lunch Box as Battlefield." Both Klass's fiction & her journalism have dealt with issues of medicine & society. In her medical career she practices pediatrics at Dorchester House, a neighborhood health center in Boston, & is medical director of the national literacy program Reach Out & Read, dedicated to making books & literacy promotion part of pediatric primary care. Klass lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Larry Wolff, a professor of history at Boston College, & their children.

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