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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618109609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618109609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Klass, a pediatrician and author of nonfiction as well as novels, has gathered 11 sparkling short stories sharing the theme of domestic life. The mothers are generally practical, scientific types struggling with the messy reality of mixing children and work. Three of the stories were O. Henry award winners, and there isn't a clunker in the bunch. Among the best is "The Trouble with Sophie," in which the tall, thin, dark parents of rambunctious golden-haired Sophie are sent reeling when the teacher at her carefully selected private kindergarten suggests therapy for their emotionally disturbed daughter. In another fine story, "Freedom Fighter," a very pregnant doctor and mother of two sets off on an escape weekend to Maine with a college friend whose one son is grown. Very, very good work. Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Most of these enjoyable stories concern young couples, families, and either fetuses or babies involved in relationships that Klass presents sympathetically and realistically. Many characters work in professional or academic fields that Klass has already skillfully portrayed. In "Necessary Risks," for example, Caroline is an anesthesiologist faced with two weeks at home with her four-year-old, Emilie, while husband Steve, a mathematician, and son Gary head off to two weeks at a dude ranch. Emilie, a bundle of energy, sings and creates confusion while Caroline tries to think through some of her case plans. But the results of her efforts are often best indicated by her exasperated comment, "Every damn morning is some version of this." This is all perfectly normal, but it is neatly thought out and written. So is "Exact Change," in which group medical practice coordinator Elaine ruminates, convincing us that we know someone just like her. All 11 stories are good reading. William Beatty
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 23, 2008
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Pediatrician and writer Perri Klass is among a rare breed of doctors who can write with ample conviction and grace about their profession. She's also among our finest literary stylists and a great teller of tales too, as her short story collection "Love and Modern Medicine" so amply illustrates. These are tales infused with ample doses of realism, warmth, and humor, even under the most difficult situations. "Love and Modern Medicine" is a pithy book of less than 200 pages and 11 stories, but included are three award-winning stories which earned the O. Henry Award. One of my favorite tales is "Freedom Fighter", a joyful recounting of a pregnant obstetrician's getaway weekend with an old college friend, approximately a week before she enters the 9th month of her second pregnancy. Yet another is "Intimacy" in which a new mother, a high school biology teacher, must listen to the romantic misadventures of one of her colleagues. "Necessary Risks" is yet another, and is a captivating tale which will delight anyone who has been alone with a precocious four year-old for a long time. Last, but not least, the title story is an engrossing tale about sibling relationships, as seen through the eyes of a doctor, an older half-sister to a younger woman who has lost her child. Anyone who wishes to understand what is like to live and to work as a doctor, will garner some understanding of medicine after reading Klass' terse, but realistic, tales here in "Love and Modern Medicine".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marian K. Shapiro on March 4, 2002
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Every one of Perry Klass's stories has a point - not subtle or obtuse, but also not hackneyed or expected. Her stories reflect the realities of life as a doctor, mother, and human being. The writing is not 'beautiful', nor will it win prizes for poetic imagery. Rather, it is clear, direct, and sticks to your bones like a good solid meal. It's a great airplane book - that is, it keeps your interest, is worth spending time on, but is not so challenging as to require one's entire intellectual attention.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Clark on October 15, 2001
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From the first of all of these amazing short stories, Ms. Klass captures the heart of parents everywhere. As a mother, I found myself laughing, crying, worrying and joyous at many moments during the reading of these stories. From childbirth to the death of a child, these stories are full of love and depth. Wonderful!
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I've enjoyed Dr. Klass's previous books very much, but this one seems rather repetitious and bland to me. Not quite sure why, but it was disappointing.
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