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If you’ve ever sat on an examination table and wondered what is really going on in your doctor’s head, then this book is for you. New York Times contributor and beloved author Perri Klass addresses the primary issues in the life of any doctor and, by extension, the lives of those for whom they care. She explores the moral judgments of doctors, questions of death and physician-assisted suicide, the daily life of a doctor, doctors as patients, and more. Klass offers a fascinating glimpse inside the doctor’s office for aspiring physicians and medical buffs. Treatment Kind and Fair is also a must-read for anyone who’s ever been a patient.

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When Klass's son decides to follow in her footsteps and apply to medical school, she writes a series of letters, advising him and every other young doctor on the intricacies of the field they're about to enter. But even though her subject is medicine, pediatrician and noted author Klass (The Mystery of Breathing) effortlessly transcends all professions, ages and interests, appealing to anyone who has ever stepped inside a hospital or watched one of television's ever-popular medical dramas. She guides readers gently through the medical field, behind closed doors into the staff rooms and into the sharp minds of doctors, giving readers a glimpse of what it is like to work 100-plus hours a week, the intensity of interning and the overwhelming responsibility of getting it right, and what can be done when a mistake happens (as it inevitably will). Her advice is moral as well as practical: she speaks of the need for feeling a sense of common humanity with the homeless alcoholic who arrives at the emergency room. Klass concludes, "I write about medicine because people want to read about medicine... a world that many people see as closed, inaccessible, and full of fascinating life-and-death secrets... of characters and stories and plots" (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465037773
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Series: Art of Mentoring Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Perri Klass, M.D., is a practicing pediatrician, an acclaimed author, and a prize-winning journalist. Her recent books include Every Mother Is a Daughter with Sheila Solomon Klass, and Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In with Eileen Costello, M.D. She is the Medical Director of the national literacy program Reach Out and Read, dedicated to promoting literacy as part of pediatric primary care. She is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, and lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Deciding to Be a Doctor-Choosing and Being Chosen, and Making Your Mother Proud     1
Asking Questions, Crossing Borders     23
Physical Findings: Appreciating a Mass     48
The State of Residency     74
Bugs, Drugs, and Data     104
Against Medical Advice     128
Making Mistakes     149
Knowing Stories and Keeping Secrets     172
Death and Dying and Presiding     189
Work and Life     205
Acknowledgments     225
Selected References     229
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