Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay

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July 30, 2018

The answer is C. Letters to a Young Doctor by Richard Selzer

In this novel, Richard Selzer compiles 23 stories that feature advice from an older surgeon to an imaginary young surgeon. The novel is written as if the young surgeon is a real person going through various phases of becoming a doctor and the older surgeon is imparting wisdom from his own experiences. The older doctor shares his advice on various topics, whether it's how to not faint while observing your first surgery, how to comfort patients, why spending long grueling hours in the lab is crucial for your career, or why it's important to take time for yourself as a doctor to ensure your sanity.

Letters to a Young Doctor has gained popularity among medical school students because of Selzer's candid accounts of surgery and ability to discuss difficult and brutal topics but still maintain a humorous and optimistic tone.[22,23,24]

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