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A Life in Medicine : A Literary Anthology - Robert Coles

A Life in Medicine

A Literary Anthology

By: Robert Coles (Editor), Randy-Michael Testa (Editor), Joseph D'Donnell (Editor), Penny Armstrong (Editor), M. Brownell Anderson (Editor)

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A literary collection edited by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the "Children of Crisis" series. Take notes. In the end, you will suffer alone. But at the beginning you suffer with a whole lot of other people.Lorrie Moore, from A Life in Medicine A Life in Medicine collects stories, poems, and essays by and for those in the healing profession who are struggling to keep up with the science while staying true to the humanitarian goals at the heart of their work. Described as "an admirably complete look at the best recent writing on medicine" by the Detroit Free Press, the book includes well-known authors such as William Carlos Williams, Wendell Berry, Anne Fadiman, Lorrie Moore, and Walt Whitman, as well as writing from doctors, nurses, practitioners, and patients. Provocative and moving contributions address issues of life and death, cancer and AIDS, seizures and psychosis, advocacy and anatomy, from both ends of the stethoscope.

Take notes. In the end, you will suffer alone. But at the beginning you suffer with a whole lot of other people.

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introduction The Moral Education of Medical Studentsp. xvii
Physicians Must Be Altruisticp. 1
Outpatientp. 3
from First Sermon on Reverence for Lifep. 9
Like a Prayerp. 12
The Body Flutep. 19
Can You Teach Compassion?p. 23
1852: J. Marion Sims Perfects a Repair for Vesicovaginal Fistulap. 28
from The Nazi Doctorsp. 31
The Liep. 39
The Wound Dresser, from Leaves of Grassp. 42
The Good Doctorp. 46
Episode of Handsp. 58
from Deep Riverp. 60
Physicians Must Be Knowledgeablep. 67
The Cadaverp. 69
Anyutap. 83
The Man with Stars Inside Himp. 88
From the Heartp. 91
The Seductive Beauty of Physiologyp. 94
from People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onkp. 101
Admission, Children's Unitp. 103
The Village Watchmanp. 106
from The Elephant Man: A Playp. 114
Leech, Leech, Et Ceterap. 118
Baptism by Rotation, from A Country Doctor's Notebookp. 126
Who Owns the Libretto?p. 136
Physicians Must Be Skillfulp. 139
The Tallis Casep. 141
from My Own Countryp. 144
What the Doctor Saidp. 153
This Red Oozingp. 155
From the Listening End of the Stethoscopep. 158
Large Woman, Halfp. 164
The Kneep. 166
from The Diving Bell and the Butterflyp. 168
Letter from the Rehabilitation Institutep. 171
Breast Cancer: Power vs. Prosthesis, from The Cancer Journalsp. 174
A Small, Good Thingp. 180
Piesp. 204
Communionp. 206
The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicinep. 208
Reposep. 223
The Girl with the Pimply Facep. 226
Healers: The Physician and the Morip. 239
Physicians Must Be Dutifulp. 241
from Not All of Us Are Saintsp. 243
In Terror of Hospital Billsp. 255
Another Case of Chronic Pelvic Painp. 257
from The Scalpel and the Silver Bearp. 262
Unwedp. 271
from A Wise Birthp. 273
from The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downp. 286
Health Is Membershipp. 296
from An Unquiet Mindp. 303
A Young Psychiatrist Looks at His Profession, from The Mind's Fatep. 307
from The Tennis Partnerp. 316
Facing Our Morality: The Virtue of a Common Lifep. 318
Permissionsp. 325
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ISBN: 9781565848498
ISBN-10: 1565848497
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st September 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1