A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years As a Medical Student

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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...

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Overview

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).

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As a Harvard medical student in 1982, Klass became a contributor to the New York Times ``Hers'' column; this is a collection of the author's diary-like essays describing her medical training, her life as a lover, a woman and a mother. The accounts are informed by the artistry Klass displays in her fiction, Recombinations and I Am Having an Adventure. Writing personally and candidly, she brings the reader into her orbit, into the experiences of a thoughtful person, in situations that are comic, difficult, puzzling and often tragic. There are moving instances of a doctor's mandated objectivity while involved with the dying and with the bereaved. In lighter moments, Klass twits pompous members of the healing profession and offers insights on the status of women doctors; they are frequently mistaken for nursesmen never are. (April)
Library Journal
You may remember this author's name if you are a reader of the New York Times weekly ``Hers'' column, where Klass's series of articles on being a mother going through medical school appeared. Here Klass, who also wrote the novel Recombinations , collects and expands upon those columns. This is a chronicle of the medical school experience and of the life and attitude changes that take place both subtly and dramatically. General readers and medical students alike will find this book worth reading. Literary Guild alternate. Linda Morgan Davis, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399132230
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/1987
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

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
Macho
Tempos
The Scrubbed and the Unscrubbed
Emergency Room
Babytalk
Invasions
007s
Enough to Make You Sick
The Prize in the Cracker Jack Box
Stress and Potato Chips
Ignorance
"Who Knows This Patient?"

ISSUES
Power Plays
Disasters Past
Nurses
Baby Poop
One in Ten Thousand
India
When Doctors and Patients Speak Different Languages
AIDS
Taking Precautions
Dying
Curing
Assess and Advise
DNR

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
A Weekend in the Life
Match Day

Conclusion—Baby Doctor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2002

    Don't Interview Until You've Read This Book!

    I have read this book twice. Once as a senior in high school considering a career in medicine and once as a college graduate entering medical school. This book begins to provide the answers to how to balance a career and a family. She proves that it is not only possible, but even LOGICAL, to have a child in medical school. Klass's take on medical school is authentic and exceedingly insightful. She divulges the good and the bad of the transformation that occurs during medical school. She admits that she was changed by the process, which is something most doctors seem reluctant to divulge. My husband is a physician and he agrees that her experiences are universal and therefore very helpeful for a med-student-to-be to become acquainted with. This book gives you so much to think about as you go through the application process for medical school. I have found no other book of this kind and I can't wait to read Klass's other works.

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