School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7-12-After a brief history of medicine and a general introduction to the profession, Simpson and Hall present a chatty overview of specialities. Each section includes salary, years of residency, a job description, advantages and disadvantages, professional organizations, and board of certification. The career profiles are several pages each, and often take readers through a typical working day. The authors are up front about long hours, malpractice, sexual harassment, uncertainty about health-care insurance, and emotional stress. The last section discusses some concerns of the medical community-ethical dilemmas about quality of life, reproductive issues, and the changing medical climate. Despite the sometimes repetitious text and some awkward writing, readers will gain a clearer view of what it's like to be a doctor. A list of medical schools in the United States is included. Alan R. Bleich's Exploring Careers in Medicine (Rosen, 1990) gives lengthier descriptions of specialities, but little space to the negatives. Terry Sacks's Careers in Medicine (VGM Career Horizons, 1992) is the most comprehensive of the three.-Martha Gordon, South Salem Library, NY
Kathy BonnarThe title may be misleading because the text specifically covers only broad types of doctors, with a brief description of their specialties. History, qualities, schooling, and licensing procedures are presented in an interesting and informative manner. The final section on ethical dilemmas brings up many topics that should be addressed by anyone interested in becoming a physician. Lists of schools and further readings are appended.
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