Chen describes modern-day medical practice as a series of situations where something must be done - doing nothing is not an option, almost in defiance of patients' desires. She describes her journey through medical school (and make some comparisons with law school) and tells how patients become representative cases. She speculates that modern cures may spell the demise of bedside manner.
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"Book Review: Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflection on Mortality by Pauline Chen ,"
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