Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School

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Penguin Books, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
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'Becoming a Doctor' is Konner's account of the third year of medical school, when students first apply the results of their endless book-learning and test-taking to actual patients in life-and-death situations. While taking the reader on his 'rounds,' Konner portrays that hectic, life-changing year. He points out the problems of a system that often teaches medical students to distance themselves from their patients, to focus on technology rather than humanity. As an anthropologist, Konner gives us new insights into the habits, rituals, and customs that shape the strengths and weaknesses of the medical profession today.

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User Review  - Coralie - Goodreads

This book had its good points and its bad points. I agree with other reviewers who thought that Konner was pompous and had a high opinion of himself. I did think that his descriptions of his medical ... Read full review

Review: Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School

User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

A detailed account of medical school clerkships 30+ years ago, but mostly an ego trip for the author. No one is smarter or cares more for the patients, and by goodness, all the women patients are so ... Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Melvin Konner, Ph.D., M.D., the author of nine books, is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, where he teaches in the anthropology, human biology, and Jewish studies programs. He has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Science, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

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