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I need to read a memoir written by a physician for a class. The class is about the experience of the physician over time, so the book needs to be about the doctoring side of the physician's life more than anything else. I would prefer a more modern setting since that is what I am most familiar with.


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Mar. 19th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Try House of God by Samuel Shem.

Mar. 20th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
i guess a veterinarian counts as a physician.

all my patients are under the bed. memoirs of cat doctor by dr. louis j. camuti.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
James Herriot's series about 1940's-ish English country veterinary-ing are delightful.
Mar. 20th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Maaaaaaybe you could get away with Five Patients by Michael Crichton?
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Try this:
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures: Stories by Vincent Lam


"Winner of the 2006 Giller Prize, Lam has assembled a collection of short stories that follows four characters from their student days, through medical school and into their careers as doctors. Ming is a perfectionist with a dark past and overbearing traditional parents. When she starts dating Fitz, she must keep it a secret from her family. Meanwhile, Chen and Sri, their closest colleagues, join them in cutting up cadavers as they learn the fragile mysteries of the human body. Lam’s prose reads as smoothly as a scalpel slicing flesh (despite a plethora of technical jargon) as he reveals the realities of operating and emergency rooms, air ambulance flights and maternity wards. Lam is capable of fine descriptions (the "melon color" of afternoon light) as well as striking awkwardness ("Entering the exam hall…from the whipping chaos of the snowstorm was to be faced with a void.") The power of these stories is his ability to allow the reader to empathize with both victim and healer. Although a few of the stories feel like scenes from ER, several work extremely well. A harrowing story about the SARS epidemic ("Contact Tracing"), set in a Toronto hospital, gives the reader an intimate, inside view, while a story that explores the mind of a psychotic ("Winston") can leave the reader feeling unnerved and groundless. --Mark Frutkin"

I read this book a few years ago and i amazed someone could be both a doctor and such a beautiful writer.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
Adventures in Psychiatry: The Scientific Memoirs of Dr. Abram Hoffer by Abram Hoffer

It is available from the International Schizophrenia Foundation

Abram Hoffer started off at a research hospital in Saskatchewan. He did the first double blind studies using pills (vitamin B3) to treat psychiatric illness in the 1950s. He also did research on LSD, and helped design a building where people with mental illness would live. Eventually he went into private practice and moved to British Columbia. The book is about his experiences over several decades, and was published in 2005.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
I recommend the Vet series, by Hugh Lasgarn.
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