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I previously read two other Perri Klass books, one a novel about a young pediatrician and the other her account of her years in medical school. This one tells of her years in pediatric residency in a hospital in Boston. Along with giving some insight into hospital routines, her stories reflect human nature -- of hospital personnel as well as her patients. (I enjoy the fact that Klass is an inveterate knitter. She has written about how she used to knit during med.school lectures and meetings.)
I've been a nurse for 30 yrs now. (wow!-Hard to believe!) The training of MDs has always been kind of a mystery to me, so when one of my colleagues gave me this book to read, although I wasn't particularly interested in reading it, once I started I found the book interesting from an academic point of view. Also, since my son is considering med school, it was interesting from a personal point of view, knowing a little more about what it takes to make it through residency. Although I found a coupl...
As a medical student considering a career in pediatrics, I found this book to be extremely helpful. It chronicles the life of a young doctor (who also happens to be a mom and a writer) as she makes her way through pediatric residency. Although the book is a bit dated- some of the medical descriptions are no longer accurate (especially the parts about AIDS), and of course the 80 hour work week has eliminated q3 call for residents- but despite the changes, the book is still a very relevant and rea...
There are some uncomfortable and even hair-raising stories in here about caring for children, especially new borns and little babies. But Perri Klass is terrible at tying things together. The book is a series of blurbs from the journals she kept during her internship and junior residency as a pediatrician.
I did not finish this, but only because it was due yesterday and it came from outside our library system. The writing style is quite elegant and well-done, but to be honest reading about sick kids is probably not what I need to be doing right now, either.It is good to know that there are good people like Dr. Klass going into this field, however.
Truly an amazing book that has captured and explained the wide range of emotions that i have felt and am feeling in residency. I couldn't explain it better myself and want all of my friends and family to read it.
Non-fiction. A pediatrician who writes both fiction and non-fiction. Lives in Cambridge, MA. I learned a lot about hospitals and babies!
perri klass is one of my favourite authors
NOT AT LIB 11/07 (other books, same author) -- Recommended by Ginnie
Despite the fact that the author finished her residency over two decades ago, I still found this memoir of a young pediatrician doctor to be very interesting. "Baby Doctor" is a solidly good read.