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A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology

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A Life in Medicine collects stories, poems, and essays by and for those in the healing profession, who are struggling to keep up with the science while staying true to the humanitarian goals at the heart of their work. Organized around the central themes of altruism, knowledge, skill, and duty, the book includes contributions from well-known authors, doctors, nurses, pract ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by The New Press (first published June 2002)
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Jul 11, 2014 Anisha rated it really liked it
It took me a while to read all the way through this anthology, mostly due to its organization. Its section headings are derived from qualities of the physician as identified by AAMC; though this organization makes sense, it ends up creating strange literary combinations within the sections. Long academic essays are sandwiched between heart-wrenching and light hearted stories, and this jarring sequence required me to put the book down at the end of each piece to recalibrate my mind for the next. ...more
Stacie Nishimoto
Dec 18, 2009 Stacie Nishimoto rated it really liked it
"the work of medicine in considerable part rests on the doctor's ability to listen to the stories that patients tell; to make sense of these often chaotic narratives of illness; to inspect and evaluate the listener's personal response to the story told; to understand what these narratives mean at multiple (and sometimes contradictory) levels, and to be moved by them."

An extremely diverse collection. Autobiographical accounts of alcoholism, arguments for the integration of cultural interviews in
Margaret Sankey
Sep 27, 2014 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
Anthology designed to expose medical students to issues of compassion, cultural context and the need to balance scientific detachment with decency through poetry, short stories and ethical case studies.
Lindsey Berkowitz
May 21, 2016 Lindsey Berkowitz rated it it was amazing
Incredible collection of writing, anyone in the medical profession should read this book. This one will definitely be one that I continuously read for the rest of my life.
Jan 22, 2016 Lelygr rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful collection. Edited by bone of my former colleagues who epitomized medical humanism.
Rachel Hajar
Dec 09, 2010 Rachel Hajar rated it really liked it
An excellent anthology for physicians. It is a collection of experiences and encounters of doctors with individual patients. Doctors will recognize that they have been similar situations but each patient is unique and it is the uniqueness of the patient as an individual that makes the stories in the anthology fascinating.

I would recommend this book to everyone.
Jul 07, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing
This was one of the texts of my Literature and Medicine course at my university. While I haven't read every single story, the ones I have read were amazing. This is a great anthology!
Dec 28, 2007 Shivesh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: doctors, writers, nurses, students
Shelves: medical
A very good anthology, collecting dozens of stories and anecdotes from doctors and nurses, young and old. A great addition to the medical bookshelf.
Rob Dhillon
Aug 21, 2009 Rob Dhillon marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
As a gift from my father and as he did, I still love Medicine.
Sep 02, 2008 Gabriella rated it it was amazing
Excellent perspectives from different people
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