A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
By Pauline W. Chen
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307275370, 267pp.)
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
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When Pauline Chen began medical school, she dreamed of saving lives. What she could not predict was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, she found herself wrestling with medicine's most profound paradox-that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. Final Exam follows Chen over the course of her education and practice as she struggles to reconcile the lessons of her training with her innate sense of empathy and humanity. A superb addition to the best medical literature of our time.
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