Final Exam

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 9, 2007 - Social Science - 288 pages
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A brilliant transplant surgeon brings compassion and narrative drama to the fearful reality that every doctor must face: the inevitability of mortality.

When Pauline Chen began medical school, she dreamed of saving lives. What she could not predict was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, she found herself wrestling with medicine’s most profound paradox–that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. Final Exam follows Chen over the course of her education and practice as she struggles to reconcile the lessons of her training with her innate sense of empathy and humanity. A superb addition to the best medical literature of our time.


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User Review  - KaterinaBead - LibraryThing

This book did not help me with the feeling that Doctors Are Bad because they are vainglorious snots who are best avoided. I really understand the patient with advanced breast cancer who got no medical ... Read full review

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A fascinating look at how doctors deal with death and dying, from the first cadaver they dissect, to the patients that they are unable to save. Dr. Chen proposes that doctors need to take a more intimate and caring role in dealing with dying patients and their families. Read full review

Contents

Chapter TRESURRECTONST
35
Chapter 3SEE ONE DO ONE
55
PRACTICE
73
Chapter 4THE INFORMAL CURRICULUM 83
81
Chapter 5M AND M
102
Chapter 6THE VISIBLE WOMAN
123
Chapter 7FRST DO NO HARM 143
164
Chapter 9THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
191
Acknovvledgrnents
219
Notes
223
Bibliography
251
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Pauline W. Chen attended Harvard University and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and completed her surgical training at Yale University, the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health), and UCLA, where she was most recently a member of the faculty. In 1999, she was named the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year. Dr. Chen’s first nationally published piece, “Dead Enough? The Paradox of Brain Death,” appeared in the fall 2005 issue of The Virginia Quarterly Review and was a finalist for a 2006 National Magazine Award. She is also the 2005 cowinner of the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2002 James Kirkwood Prize in Creative Writing. She lives near Boston with her husband and children.


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