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

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New American Library, 1988 - Medical students - 286 pages
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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You may remember this author's name if you are a reader of the New York Times weekly "Hers'' column, where Klass's series of articles on being a mother going through medical school appeared. Here ... Read full review


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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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