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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450506380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450506380
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,936,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A Physician's Plight' is an intriguing read that shouldn't be missed for readers of personal memoirs."

Mary Cowper, Reviewer
Midwest Book Review
 
     


     This book pulls no punches-nothing is sacred, nothing is left out! K. Klein gives us the good, the bad, and the ugly of her family-of-origin, marital suffering, and divorce, which landed her in Family Court and deprived her of ... much of the lives of her young children.

TN Magazine
J. Grossman, MD, FACP, Col. ret, US Army Medical Corps

About the Author


     There is not much more Doctor Klein can add to a biography since it's all in her memoir. However,  she would like to share the reason she wrote the book, which is stated in the beginning of A Physician's Plight under Author's Note:
    
     The purpose of this book was twofold. For young adults, I hope they contemplate marriage more seriously than I did. Life is about choices, making unwise ones can be devastating.

     For anyone considering divorce, U.S. legal settlements, custody and aftermath proceedings do not necessarily abide by any consistent set of rules, particularly if they are about justice. Perhaps books like this can foster future discussions about the vagaries of family court.

More About the Author

There isn't much I can add to a biography when it's all in A Physician's Plight! The reason I'm here is not about me, but for the objectives I had for writing this memoir - so others can learn from my mistakes. I would like to share the following Author's Note which is at the beginning of the book.

Author's Note:

"The purpose of this book was twofold. For young adults, I hope they contemplate marriage more seriously than I did. Life is about choices, making unwise ones can be devastating.
For anyone considering divorce, U.S. legal settlements, custody and aftermath proceedings do not necessarily abide by any consistent set of rules, particularly if they are about justice. Perhaps books like this can foster future discussions about the vagaries of family court."

I hope you put A Physician's Plight on your reading list - this nonfiction doesn't just apply to doctors!

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It really kept my interest!
Sandra Landry
As the title suggests, there is an interesting contrast between Dr. Klein's escalating personal struggles and stories from inside the hospital.
Doug DePew
Dr. Katherine Klein generously shares her experiences and the life lessons she is forced to accept.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Graff on April 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Who we become is determined by the choices we make, a difficult lesson to learn, and one which is clearly demonstrated in this highly readable book. Dr. Katherine Klein generously shares her experiences and the life lessons she is forced to accept. A conscientious, hard-working doctor, Klein weaves her medical tales into the framework of the story of her marriage and child-bearing. When that marriage falls apart, she becomes a pawn of the courts ust, and can be worked and skewed by an unscrupulous ex. Her pain is palpable, her distress is real, and we feel for the unfairness of a system that deserts her. Nevertheless, Klein demonstrates a toughness and determination that will leave you cheering for her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Mazzotta on September 5, 2012
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A young girl with a dream comes forward to walk us through her life and took me into her overdue dream that began with her exodus from her childhood home, and her determined father with a strength I'm not sure she knew she had.
She meets Randir who charms her out of her undeveloped good sense and she marries him only to find out, charm is all he had, and what he used to employ and control her and everyone else. In the eye of that disappointing storm is where her journey and her good sense began to take shape. Katherine Kline takes us with her to medical school and describes her reaction to the intense study while still uncertain which branch of medicine she will eventually choose as her life's career. I was able to walk along with her as she gave me a tour of her lab experiences, hospital and patient exchanges and the extraordinary workload she carried through her days.

As she was able to compromise her living conditions with Randir who has already proven to her better judgment that he was not good husband material, she pushed onward. She learned how well she could multitask after her two sons were born. Questioning her decision to go into aesthesia because exhaustion was constant, this story inspires all women with the idea that they cannot achieve success or set goals. She earned her title as Doctor and not without huge obstacles.

This story keeps you reading her curved and poignant tales of life and death in a hospital environment. Heartbreaking yet I knew these stories were true along with her compassion, especially for the children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 9, 2010
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Stress and the occupation of physician are no strangers to each other, and a chaotic home life does not help things. "A Physician's Plight: A Memoir: Professional Success... Personal Disaster" tells the tale of Katherine Klein and the rough going she has with her derelict husband as their marital tensions strain and their children pulled apart. Faced with the unfairness of the courts that favor non-earners in a relationship, she tells how her life in dealing with the sick is a stress relief versus her personal life. "A Physician's Plight" is an intriguing read that shouldn't be missed for readers of personal memoirs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug DePew on December 27, 2012
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I just finished "A Physician's Plight" last night, and Dr. Klein's story broke my heart. It follows her story from her youth through final personal triumph with twenty years of heartache in between. This book is well-written and moves at a good clip. It does a good job of sharing just enough that we can actually feel it from the inside. As the title suggests, there is an interesting contrast between Dr. Klein's escalating personal struggles and stories from inside the hospital.

Having lived through my wife's own struggles for custody of her son, I empathized with Dr. Klein's story. It's amazing what family court can sometimes conclude. Reality seems to have very little to do with their decisions in many cases.

This was a brave story. I thank Dr. Klein for sharing it and recommend it to anyone who likes a good, personal memoir.
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