Treatment Kind and Fair : Letters to a Young Doctor

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS

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If you've ever gotten wrapped up in the arcana of "E.R." or "House," or been absorbed by a piece inThe New Yorkerby Gawande, Groopman, or Nuland, or sat on that exam table wondering what'sreallygoing on in your doctor's head, then this book is for you.Expertise versus commonsense practice; moral judgments on young patients or their parents; asking tough questions; death and physician-assisted suicide; daily life with a doctor's job (yours or a family member's); doctors as patients-Klass addresses the primary issues in the life of any doctor and, by extension, the lives of those forwhom they care. Perri Klass, M.D., is a writer, teacher, pediatrician, and mentor. In her frequent contributions to theNew York Times, she takes on a host of issues particular to the life of a doctor-secrecy, ethics, fear, grief, and competition-with a warmth and wit her readers have come to love. Now, in the newest addition to Basic's ART OF MENTORING SERIES, she offers her guidance, and her stories, to a new generation of doctors and readers.

Author Biography

Perri Klass is a practicing pediatrician, an acclaimed author of fiction and nonfiction, and a prize-winning journalist. Her fiction includes two novels, Recombinations and Other Women’s Children, and two collections of short stories, I Am Having an Adventure and Love and Modern Medicine. She has also written two collections of essays about medicine, A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician’s Training. Her recent books include Every Mother Is a Daughter with Sheila Solomon Klass, and Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In with Eileen Costello, M.D. Klass is the Medical Director of the national literacy program Reach Out and Read, dedicated to promoting literacy as part of pediatric primary care. She is also Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Deciding to Be a Doctor-Choosing and Being Chosen, and Making Your Mother Proudp. 1
Asking Questions, Crossing Bordersp. 23
Physical Findings: Appreciating a Massp. 48
The State of Residencyp. 74
Bugs, Drugs, and Datap. 104
Against Medical Advicep. 128
Making Mistakesp. 149
Knowing Stories and Keeping Secretsp. 172
Death and Dying and Presidingp. 189
Work and Lifep. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Selected Referencesp. 229
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