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Posted June 29, 2005
I'm surprised that many medical students are not aware of this book which presents a wonderfully light side of being a medical student. I bought this book after I got accepted into med school and it has only gotten funnier (and more real) as I proceed through the training. The book is written as short pieces of Dr. Drayer's perspective on training, beginning with the basic science years and progressing through clinical training, concluding with a residency placement. Also intermixed are a series of poems in the style of Cat In the Hat, such as 'Morton Hears A Heart Murmur.' These also became funnier as I learned more medical jargon. This is not your typical surviving medical school book, but it is certainly worthwhile to read because it reminds us that the more stressful and serious life can become, the more we need to reflect and laugh at it. I'll take Dr. Drayer's advice not to harp on isolating interleukin-18 from salamander eggs during my residency interview!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2000
This is a hilarious account, not just of medical school, but of life. Dr. Drayer truly gets to the heart of what's good and bad about our medical system, but in so doing, takes us on a fantastic journey through four of the toughest years any one person can spend. And he does so with warmth and great humor. Though I am not in the health care profession, this has become one of my very favorite books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.