Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School
'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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - callosum - LibraryThing
A detailed account of what happens in the third year of a medical student's career, almost an anthropological account in fact, seeing as the author is an anthropologist and had been for many years ... Read full review
Becoming a doctor: a journey of initiation in medical schoolUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The author started medical school in his mid-30s, having already established himself as a researcher and professor of anthropology. He focuses on the third year of medical school, for that is when the ... Read full review