What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey

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Sasquatch Books, 2004 - Medical - 228 pages
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Do sleek high-tech hospitals teach more about medicine and less about humanity? Do doctors ever lose their tolerance for suffering? With sensitive observation and graceful prose, this book explores some of the difficult and deeply personal questions a 23-year-old doctor confronts with her very first dying patient, and continues to struggle with as she strives to become a good doctor. In her travels, the doctor attends to terminal illness, AIDS, tuberculosis, and premature birth in small rural communities throughout the world. What Patients Taught Me is a compelling memoir of the emotional complexity of treating patients when their lives hang in the balance.
 

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What Patients Taught Me : A Medical Student's Journey

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A firsthand depiction of the hardships and rewards of medical school, this sensitive memoir may serve as a guide to help readers who are considering traversing that same path. Young's schooling taught ... Read full review

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BETHEL
1
SEATTLE
39
SPOKANE
45
POCATELLO
74
MISSOULA
112
SWAZILAND
161
DILLON
203
POSTSCRIPT
218
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WWAMI
219
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Dr. Audrey Young is an acting instructor in the department of medicine at the University of Washington and a staff physician. She lives in Seattle.

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