Becoming a Doctor: From Student to Specialist, Doctor-Writers Share Their Experiences

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Lee Gutkind
W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 1, 2010 - Medical - 240 pages
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“As wise as it is well written. . . . A sustaining work of art.” —Linda Elisabeth Beattie, Courier-Journal

In this inspired anthology, doctors relate true stories from their professional lives, capturing disillusionments and triumphs encountered along the way. Essays by such distinguished writers as Peter D. Kramer, Kay Redfield Jamison, Danielle Ofri, Robert Coles, Lauren Slater, Sandeep Jauhar, and Perri Klass create a vivid mural of the medical world, from a student’s uneasy first encounter with a cadaver to a veteran doctor’s memories of the emotionally charged days and nights of residency.
 

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Just about all of us who teach introductory courses in chemistry have a significant fraction of our students who intend to apply to medical schools and attempt to become doctors. However, very few of ... Read full review

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I personally loved this book. All essays are very well written and it is wonderful to find out what it is that brought doctors to choose their profession. I am not a medical student or a doctor, but I enjoyed the book and found that is a good way to appreciate your physician and learn about the hardships they go through and all the decisions they have to make in their career, starting from when they are medical students.
I recommend this book to everyone.
 

Contents

Intern Sayantani DasGupta
1
Pas de Deux
9
First in My Class Chris Stookey
25
The Patient Narrative Perri Klass
39
The Family Room Teri Reynolds
51
On Not Becoming a Doctor Kay Redfield Jamison
59
Magic Hands Thomas C Gibbs
69
On Working with Cadavers
79
A Doctor of None
125
Good Intentions Sandeep Jauhar
135
En Route Abigail Zuger
143
A Fire Deliberately Set
153
Thirty Minutes Closer LeahE Mintz
171
The Cleverest Doctor Clint Morehead
181
A Manner of Being Robert Coles
197
Knock Knock
203

Going to Abilene
97
Sine Qua Non Peter D Kramer
103
The Doctor in Middle Age Charles Bardes
111
CONTRIBUTOR NOTES
223
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Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of the literary journal Creative Nonfiction and a pioneer in the field of narrative nonfiction. Gutkind is also the editor of In Fact and Becoming a Doctor, the author of Almost Human, and has written books about baseball, health care, travel, and technology. A Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Tempe, Arizona.

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