From Chekhov to Maugham to William Carlos Williams, doctors have long given voice to their unique perspectives through literature. "Writer, M.D." celebrates this rich tradition with a collection of fiction and nonfiction by today's most beloved physician-writers, including,
Abraham Verghese, on the lost art of the physical exam
Pauline Chen, on the bond between a med student and her first cadaver
Atul Gawande, on the ethical dilemmas of a young surgical intern
Danielle Ofri, on the devastation of losing a patient
Ethan Canin, on love, poetry, and growing old
These essays and stories illuminate the inner lives of men and women who deal with trauma, illness, mortality, and grief on a daily basis. Read together, they provide a candid, moving, one-of-a-kind glimpse behind the doctor's mask.
About the Author
Leah Kaminsky is an award-winning writer and a practicing family physician. She is the author of four books, including "Stitching Things Together, "a collection of poetry. She has studied writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop, New York University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is currently at work on her first novel. She lives in Melbourne, Australia."
“This is a book for doctors and patients—that is, the lot of us—to relish.”
—Thomas Keneally, Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler’s Ark