Writer, M.D.: The Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors

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Leah Kaminsky
Vintage, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
"For centuries, doctors have turned to the written word, giving voice to their unique perspectives through literature. Writer, M.D. celebrates this tradition with a wide-ranging selection of writings--both fiction and nonfiction--by some of today's most beloved physician-writers. These stories explore a range of emotions deeply felt by doctors--an acute awareness of our mortality, of the interplay between medicine and humanity, of the weight of responsibility carried by the profession. They also bring into sharp focus the point of view of the patient, illuminating the experience of grief, trauma, illness, and aging that doctors witness through their work. From Abraham Verghese on the lost art of the physical exam to Pauline Chen on the strangely intense relationship between a med student and her first cadaver; from Atul Gawande on practicing to be a doctor to Ethan Canin on love and growing old--Writer, M.D. provides a one-of-a-kind peek into the minds of those who deal with enormous existential issues and traumatic situations on a daily basis, showing us what really makes doctors tick"--
 

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This is a selection of essays and short fiction written by doctors/surgeons. The essays I was enthralled by, the short stories not so much. Some of the personal stories written by and about the ... Read full review

Contents

monſ cion
11
Intensive Care Danielle Ofri
50
Falling Down Sandeep Jauhar
67
Do Not Go Gentle Irvin Yalom
87
The Lost Mariner Oliver Sacks
106
The Learning Curve Atul Gawande
129
The Infernal Chorus Robert Jay Lifton
156
Dog 1 Dog 2 Nick Earls
186
The Duty to Die Cheaply Peter Goldsworthy
195
Tahirih Leah Kaminsky
214
About the Authors
243
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About the author (2012)

Leah Kaminsky is an award-winning writer and a practicing family physician. She is the author of four books, including Stitching Things Together, a collection of poetry. She has studied writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, New York University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is currently at work on her first novel. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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