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Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
Author: Pauline W. Chen
ISBN 13: 9780307275370
ISBN 10: 30727537
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 267
List Price: $15.95

From her first dissection of a cadaver to the first time she pronounced a patient dead, Chen combines personal experience with clinical expertise in this riveting, deeply nuanced critique of the medical profession. Unabridged. 7 CDs.

The New York Times - William Grimes

Dr. Chen, a surgeon specializing in liver transplants, is her own patient in Final Exam, a series of thoughtful, moving essays on the troubled relationship between modern medical practice and the emotional events surrounding death. She recalls episodes from her own medical training, and cases in which she was involved, to dramatize her misgivings about the lessons in denial and depersonalization that help doctors achieve a high level of technical competence but can also prevent them from expressing empathy or confronting their own fears about death.