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Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0307275370

Cover of Final Exam: A Surgeon
ISBN13: 978-0307275370
ISBN10: 030727537X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 2007
International: No

List price: $15.95

Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0307275370

Pauline W. Chen

ISBN13: 978-0307275370
ISBN10: 030727537X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

A brilliant transplant surgeon brings compassion and narrative drama to the fearful reality that every doctor must face: the inevitability of mortality. 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 paradoxthat a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying.Final Examfollows 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.

Author Bio

Pauline W. Chen attended Harvard University and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and completed her surgical training at Yale University, the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health), and UCLA, where she was most recently a member of the faculty. In 1999, she was named the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year. Dr. Chen's first nationally published piece, ''Dead Enough? The Paradox of Brain Death,'' appeared in the fall 2005 issue ofThe Virginia Quarterly Reviewand was a finalist for a 2006 National Magazine Award. She is also the 2005 cowinner of the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2002 James Kirkwood Prize in Creative Writing. She lives near Boston with her husband and children.