The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death [NOOK Book]

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By the time most of us meet our doctors, they’ve been in practice for a number of years. Often they seem aloof, uncaring, and hurried. Of course, they’re not all like that, and most didn’t start out that way.

Here are voices of third-year students just as they begin to take on clinical responsibilities. Their words focus on the odd transition students face when they must deal with real people in real time and in real crises and when they must learn to put aside their emotions to...

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The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death

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Overview

By the time most of us meet our doctors, they’ve been in practice for a number of years. Often they seem aloof, uncaring, and hurried. Of course, they’re not all like that, and most didn’t start out that way.

Here are voices of third-year students just as they begin to take on clinical responsibilities. Their words focus on the odd transition students face when they must deal with real people in real time and in real crises and when they must learn to put aside their emotions to make quick, accurate, and sensitive decisions. Their decisions aren’t always right, and the consequences can be life-altering—for all involved. Moving, disturbing, and candid, their true stories show us a side of the profession that few ever see, or could even imagine. They show, often painfully, how medical students grow up, right at the bedside.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616202279
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 263,171
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

GORDON HARPER, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is the director of the Patient-Doctor curricula at Harvard Medical School and the recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Child Psychiatry Fellows at Children’s Hospital of Boston.

SACHIN H. JAIN is a third-year medical student at Harvard. He is a tutor in medicine and public policy and has been awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and the Galbraith Fellowship.

SUSAN PORIES, M.D., a breast cancer surgeon and a surgical educator and investigator, has been named one of America’s top surgeons and is a scholar in the Academy at Harvard Medical School.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    Great doctoring stories

    Very interesting stories by doctors with great reflections and emotions, shows that doctors are humans too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2009

    The Soul of a Doctor review by an OSU Comp Student 2009

    This collection of forty-four short essays by Harvard educated doctors and medical students at Harvard Medical school is thought provoking and sometimes disturbing. As a OSU Comp Student 2009, I chose this book as I am considering a medical career, however the book is geared towards everyone, most medical jargon is explained, and several of the essays are of the personal lives of students and physicians. The insights of the doctor as he lives with a mistaken diagnosis or dealing with death is emotional and real. In the section, Finding a Better Way, the stories deal with finding solutions to the health care crisis and possible ways medical training can be changed to help medical students become better doctors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2007

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    the book is a really good read if your applying to medical school because it gives you an idea about how our ideals are put to the test and how the transition from second year to third year is more than just a change of where you will be taught. its comforting to know that physicians emotions and their expression do have a place in medicine. if youre looking for a leisure book that will leave you feeling that you have a little better perspective of medicine then this is your book!

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