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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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