A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology

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Robert Coles, Randy-Michael Testa, Joseph D'Donnell, Penny Armstrong, M. Brownell Anderson
New Press, The, Jul 16, 2011 - Literary Collections - 352 pages
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A Life in Medicine collects stories, poems, and essays by and for those in the healing profession, who are struggling to keep up with the science while staying true to the humanitarian goals at the heart of their work. Organized around the central themes of altruism, knowledge, skill, and duty, the book includes contributions from well-known authors, doctors, nurses, practitioners, and patients. Provocative and moving pieces address what it means to care for a life in a century of unprecedented scientific advances, examining issues of hope and healing from both ends of the stethoscope.

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This compilation of essays, poems, short stories, memoirs, and a play excerpt, edited by child psychiatrist Coles (Harvard Medical Sch.; Spiritual Life of Children) and literature and ethics ... Read full review


Part One Physicians Must be Altruistic
Part Two Physicians Must Be Knowledgeable
Part Three Physicians Must Be Skillful
Part Four Physicians Must be Dutiful

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Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist, Pultizer Prize–winning author, and professor at Harvard Medical School. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Randy Testa has taught literature and medical ethics at Harvard and at Dartmouth Medical Schools. He is an editor at Doubletake magazine and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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