Synopses & Reviews
Fascinating...Klass writes with wit, intelligence, and a great deal of insight."The New York Times Book Review.
Surviving Harvard Medical School, Klass offers an unflinchingly honest view of this journey--from the perspective of a woman and mother in a field dominated by men and masculine sensibilities. Like Melvin Konner's Becoming a Doctor: A Not Entirely Benign Procedure, Klass's work has "wit, intelligence, and a great deal of insight" (The New York Times Book Review).
"Fascinating... Klass writes with wit, intelligence, and a great deal of insight."--The New York Times Book Review
Acclaimed pediatrician, journalist, and novelist Perri Klass offers a provocative look at the ups and downs of medical school from those first exams to the day she became a doctor. In a direct, candid style, Klass shares what it is like to be a first-time mother while attending med school; the unique lingo of the med student; how to deal with every bodily fluid imaginable; and the humor and heartbreak of working with patients. With this collection of essays, Klass established herself as a go-to voice for a generation of med students and doctors, with her frank and witty perspective. Klass also brings a proven ability to make the medical world accessible to the lay reader, through her extensive literary and journalistic experience.
Table of Contents
THE PRE-CLINICAL YEARS
The Living-in-Sin Potluck and Other Tales of the First Year of Medical School
A Textbook Pregnancy
THE CLINICAL YEARS
The First Time
Crying in the Hospital
Camels, Zebras, and Fascinomas
Learning the Language
The Scrubbed and the Unscrubbed
Enough to Make You Sick
The Prize in the Cracker Jack Box
Stress and Potato Chips
"Who Knows This Patient?"
One in Ten Thousand
When Doctors and Patients Speak Different Languages
Assess and Advise
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
A Weekend in the Life