What Patients Taught Me

What Patients Taught Me

A Medical Student's Journey

By Audrey Young, M.D .

Sasquatch Books, Paperback, 9781570615276, 228pp.

Publication Date: July 2007


Do sleek high-tech hospitals teach more about medicine and less about humanity? Do doctors ever lose their tolerance for suffering? With sensitive observation and graceful prose, this book explores some of the difficult and deeply personal questions a 23-year-old doctor confronts with her very first dying patient, and continues to struggle with as she strives to become a good doctor. In her travels, the doctor attends to terminal illness, AIDS, tuberculosis, and premature birth in small rural communities throughout the world.

About the Author
Dr. Audrey Young is an acting instructor in the department of medicine at the University of Washington and a staff physician. She lives in Seattle.

Praise For What Patients Taught Me

"Young is a gifted writer, and her prose is mesmerizing. She perfectly balances the details of breathtaking countryside with harsh medical realities to weave stories that capture one’s imagination and draw us fully in." —Journal of the American Medical