Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School

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Penguin Books, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
'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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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 school

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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



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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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