Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician's Training

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The beloved classic memoir of residency, by renowned pediatrician and writer, Perri Klass

Originally published nearly two decades ago, Baby Doctor is as fresh and pertinent as it was upon publication. Publisher’s Weekly called it “Riveting…An inspiring coming-of-age story and an inside look at medical education…A colorful, candid view of the exhausting, exhilarating and dehumanizing subculture of pediatric residency.”

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Overview


The beloved classic memoir of residency, by renowned pediatrician and writer, Perri Klass

Originally published nearly two decades ago, Baby Doctor is as fresh and pertinent as it was upon publication. Publisher’s Weekly called it “Riveting…An inspiring coming-of-age story and an inside look at medical education…A colorful, candid view of the exhausting, exhilarating and dehumanizing subculture of pediatric residency.”

Klass, a five-time O. Henry Award winner, delights readers, both lay and professional, with her engaging essays about the trials and tribulations of becoming a practicing pediatrician. Written with a new foreword and annotations, Baby Doctor offers a renewed perspective on Klass’s experience as a pediatric resident, and underscores the depth and resonance of the book’s themes.

Inspiring, compassionate, and compelling, Baby Doctor will fascinate and delight all who experience this roller coaster of a ride through a young doctor’s training.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804109635
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/29/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author


Perri Klass, MD, is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston, and her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital.

Perri has written extensively about medicine, children, literacy, and knitting. Her nonfiction includes Every Mother is a Daughter, which she coauthored with her mother, and Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In, which she coauthored with Eileen Costello. She is also the author of two collections and other works of fiction, including the novels The Mystery of Breathing and Other Women's Children. Her most recent books are Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor and The Mercy Rule, which was released in July 2008.

Her short stories have won five O. Henry Awards, and in 2006, she was the recipient of the Women's National Book Association Award. She is a longtime member of the executive board of PEN New England, which she chaired from 2004 to 2006.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition xiii

Introduction xvii

Part I Beginning

Chapter 1 Starting Small 5

First Night On Call 8

Physical Findings 14

Orders of Magnitude 18

Chapter 2 Wards 23

Round and Round 26

Problem Lists 31

Learning from Patients 37

Wheezers 41

Cleanouts 47

Beeping Around 54

Guilt 61

Chapter 3 Growing Pains 69

Rape Kit 71

Hurting Babies 78

The Patient Hates You 83

Judging 88

Chest Compressions 99

Dying 104

Chapter 4 Home Front 111

Whine List 113

And Being Judged 120

Chapter 5 The Crazy Person 127

In My Own Words 129

Chapter 6 Getting Through 143

Good Night 145

Help Is on the Way 149

June 153

Part II Middle

Chapter 7 Oncology 165

Mirrors 167

Deathwatch 172

Chapter 8 Outpatients 179

WCC 181

An Old Virus: Chicken Pox 191

A New Virus: AIDS 196

Chapter 9 Defense Mechanisms 219

The Weak and the Strong 220

Sick Jokes 224

Journals and Journalism 229

Chapter 10 Back to the Beginning 237

Labor and Deivery 241

Transports 247

ECMO 254

Hypoplastic Heart 262

Chapter 11 The Feminization of Medicine 271

Are Women Better Doctors? 273

Chapter 12 Moving On 293

Flip-flops 295

Part III End

Chapter 13 Senior Year 303

Too Small 310

Dr. Zay 316

Honey, You Shouldn't Be Working Nights in Your Condition 320

Checking Out 327

Storytelling 332

A Final Note 341

Acknowledgments 343

About the Author 347

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