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From Chekhov to Maugham to William Carlos Williams, doctors have long given voice to their unique perspectives through literature. Writer, M.D. celebrates this rich tradition with a collection of fiction and nonfiction by today’s most beloved physician-writers, including, • Abraham Verghese, on the lost art of the physical exam • Pauline Chen, on the bond between a med stude From Chekhov to Maugham to William Carlos Williams, doctors have long given voice to their unique perspectives through literature. Writer, M.D. celebrates this rich tradition with a collection of fiction and nonfiction by today’s most beloved physician-writers, including, • Abraham Verghese, on the lost art of the physical exam • Pauline Chen, on the bond between a med student and her first cadaver • Atul Gawande, on the ethical dilemmas of a young surgical intern • Danielle Ofri, on the devastation of losing a patient • Ethan Canin, on love, poetry, and growing old These essays and stories illuminate the inner lives of men and women who deal with trauma, illness, mortality, and grief on a daily basis. Read together, they provide a candid, moving, one-of-a-kind glimpse behind the doctor’s mask.


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From Chekhov to Maugham to William Carlos Williams, doctors have long given voice to their unique perspectives through literature. Writer, M.D. celebrates this rich tradition with a collection of fiction and nonfiction by today’s most beloved physician-writers, including, • Abraham Verghese, on the lost art of the physical exam • Pauline Chen, on the bond between a med stude From Chekhov to Maugham to William Carlos Williams, doctors have long given voice to their unique perspectives through literature. Writer, M.D. celebrates this rich tradition with a collection of fiction and nonfiction by today’s most beloved physician-writers, including, • Abraham Verghese, on the lost art of the physical exam • Pauline Chen, on the bond between a med student and her first cadaver • Atul Gawande, on the ethical dilemmas of a young surgical intern • Danielle Ofri, on the devastation of losing a patient • Ethan Canin, on love, poetry, and growing old These essays and stories illuminate the inner lives of men and women who deal with trauma, illness, mortality, and grief on a daily basis. Read together, they provide a candid, moving, one-of-a-kind glimpse behind the doctor’s mask.

56 review for Writer, M.D.: The Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Anyone who follows my reading lists knows that I am a medical memoir junky. In the case of this book, I would have liked to give 5 stars to the non-fiction parts and 2 to the fiction. Since that is not an alternative, I will say that the non-fiction memoirs were really excellent.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    A book of short stories by or about physicians. The Lost Mariner, by Oliver Sacks, my favorite.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Rothman

    The stories in this collection unveil with astonishing clarity the private lives of doctors and patients and the complex bond between them. Medical jargon never capsizes the narrative, which is crisp and emotionally resonant. To read this book was an illuminating experience.

  4. 4 out of 5

    tisasday

    Five stars for the nonfiction section and one star for the fiction section. Thankfully the former takes up 80% of the pages!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    The Pauline Chen essay was remarkable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The nonfiction stories are all really good/fascinating. Favorite one (by far) was Danielle Ofri's recounting of the brusque attending in the ICU. It was funny, disturbing, heartwarming, and ultimately, horribly tragic. The fiction was all bad, but it wasn't a sizeable portion of the book, so it's fine. The nonfiction stories are all really good/fascinating. Favorite one (by far) was Danielle Ofri's recounting of the brusque attending in the ICU. It was funny, disturbing, heartwarming, and ultimately, horribly tragic. The fiction was all bad, but it wasn't a sizeable portion of the book, so it's fine.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    As a physician, I especially enjoy reading works of other clinicians. These stories brought back memories of patients and clinical situations that reminded me of the privilege and duty of our profession.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Only read the nonfiction stories. Briefly looked over the fiction; didn't look as interesting. Brought a human side to doctors. Some do have a conscience, are emphatic and occasionally are not as arrogant as they portray themselves to be. Learned that medicine is truly and art – science aside. Only read the nonfiction stories. Briefly looked over the fiction; didn't look as interesting. Brought a human side to doctors. Some do have a conscience, are emphatic and occasionally are not as arrogant as they portray themselves to be. Learned that medicine is truly and art – science aside.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    The nonfiction was great -- I particularly enjoyed Atul Gawande's "The Learning Curve." The fiction, on the other hand, was somewhat unappealing. The nonfiction was great -- I particularly enjoyed Atul Gawande's "The Learning Curve." The fiction, on the other hand, was somewhat unappealing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Really liked the non-fiction chapters. Did not like the fiction chapters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Tough to read some of the non-fiction, only kind of read the first fiction story and skimmed the rest of the fiction. Interesting, but I can't remember why I picked up this book, to be honest. Tough to read some of the non-fiction, only kind of read the first fiction story and skimmed the rest of the fiction. Interesting, but I can't remember why I picked up this book, to be honest.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    The non-fiction stories in this are amazing, and the fiction ones are terrible. Seriously. Don't read the fiction ones. I only give this book four stars because of the non-fiction stories. The non-fiction stories in this are amazing, and the fiction ones are terrible. Seriously. Don't read the fiction ones. I only give this book four stars because of the non-fiction stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  14. 5 out of 5

    john quigley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrasta

  20. 5 out of 5

    Blair Woods

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pippa Kay

  23. 5 out of 5

    Falisha

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nike Sulway

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Brasfield

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Maki

  27. 5 out of 5

    Berwyn Moore

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adela

  29. 5 out of 5

    Qi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emman0x

  31. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  32. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  33. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  34. 5 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

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  36. 5 out of 5

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  38. 5 out of 5

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  39. 4 out of 5

    Richard Arnold

  40. 4 out of 5

    Saskia

  41. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Walsh

  42. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  43. 5 out of 5

    Jarrad Lenegan

  44. 5 out of 5

    Mouche Cat

  45. 4 out of 5

    Lee Kofman

  46. 4 out of 5

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  47. 5 out of 5

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  48. 4 out of 5

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  49. 4 out of 5

    M. Azhaari Shah Sulaiman

  50. 4 out of 5

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  51. 5 out of 5

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  52. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Balo

  53. 5 out of 5

    Cheng Jun Cheong

  54. 4 out of 5

    Jemma Ward-Slack

  55. 5 out of 5

    Mcdanielm

  56. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

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