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Becoming a Doctor

From Student to Specialist, Doctor-Writers Share Their Experiences

Lee Gutkind (Editor, Arizona State University)

Overview | Editions | Formats

Physicians recount true, personal stories from their professional lives in this inspired anthology by new and known writers.

In this poignant collection, doctors who are writers (and vice versa) relate their real-life journeys from intern to specialist, student to teacher, reflecting on the rewards, disillusionments, and triumphs encountered along the way. Featuring a wide array of distinguished voices, including Peter Kramer, Kay Redfield Jamison, Robert Coles, Lauren Slater, Sandeep Jauhar, and Perri Klass, these original stories create a vivid mural of the medical world and provide invaluable insight for both doctors in training and longtime physicians. Becoming a Doctor portrays the broad arc of a doctor’s life, from a medical student’s uneasy first encounter with a cadaver and her realization that the experience’s redemption will lie ahead in the lives saved, to a resident’s reliance on dance during her grueling year in an inner-city hospital, and a veteran doctor’s profound ruminations on what it means to really listen to a patient’s story.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • March 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-07156-6
  • 6.7 × 9.6 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Medical students and medical professionals will enjoy these perspectives on their profession; they will likely encounter or have encountered many of the obstacles narrated.” — Library Journal

“Here, some of the best-known names in medical writing are joined by powerful new voices to help elucidate the mysterious and grueling transformation from non-doctor to doctor. Readers will gain insight into both the exuberance and disillusionment of physicians-in-training. A remarkable collection.” — Christine Montross, M.D., author of Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab

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