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A Taste of My Own Medicine (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Maureen Miller
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As your future doctor, Maureen Miller is getting the best twenty-first century medical education post-financial crisis America can buy. Her profession's in flux, her life's sometimes a mess, but if she doesn't know how to solve any of her problems, at least she can search for answers online: Do you get a good cell phone signal in the hospital? How do you help solve the financial crisis in American health care when you have a hard time finishing a premed problem set? Which kind of empathy training is the best if you want to learn how to make better eye contact as you enter electronic medical records? And what do you say to a patient, anyway, who looked you up on the Internet and wants to know why you run a hip-hop website on the side? An Amazon.com Kindle Single, "A Taste of My Own Medicine" gives readers a taste of what medicine's been like for Miller so far--a warm, warped take on our weird new era in health care.


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For those who believe that you can't truly take something seriously unless you can also maintain a sense of humor about it, Maureen Miller presents Exhibit Number Next. With a clear-eyed understanding of the inextricable relationship between modern medicine and the Internet, Miller's collection of smart and smarmy essays sets out "to look at what we've made of the mess [of health care] so far, and to hone in on the salient parts, as one would in a Web search." Written in whatever free time she has mustered while studying to be a doctor, the result spares no one, including the author herself, for despite the well-known oath of her chosen profession ("Do no harm"), virtually no subject escapes unscathed. Hospitals, HMOs, PPOs, doctors, pedagogues, even trendy New York restaurants face the stiletto end of Miller's incisive pen. However, "as your future doctor," Miller demonstrates an admirable penchant for what in other contexts might be called "bedside manner," her unflinching wit helping the medicine go down even as it holds us all to account. --Jason Kirk

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Product Details

  • File Size: 114 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle Singles; 1st edition (May 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008679OR4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collection of essays May 29, 2012
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"A Taste of My Own Medicine" is a collection of ten essays by medical school student Maureen Miller. Her essays covered a wide range of topics, but all related in some way to her background or her medical training. Ms. Miller, in the first essay, says, "Here I write as another confused moll in the maw, not too sure where my career is going." That set the tone for the colorful, rich language she uses (I used my Kindle's built-in dictionary a number of times). Now I've known doctors who had a hard time writing a comprehensible paragraph, much less an essay, but soon-to-be-a-doctor Maureen Miller shows her background as a liberal arts graduate who went on to medical school through an atypical route. She writes very well.

These are not conventional essays. I sometimes felt like I was tapping into the author's stream of consciousness, as wide-ranging as the essays were. Some appealed to me more than others. One of the essays, titled "Mixing Up the Medicine," was all about rap music and Ms. Miller's website "Rap Genius." Hardly anything in my music collection is less than twenty-five years old, so the essay went right over my head! Other essays, especially the memoir-ish ones, were much more to my liking.

It was interesting reading Ms. Miller's ideas about current medical education and the practice of medicine in the U.S. And she has her opinions about health insurance, one of the burning issues of the day and a real political hot potato. All-in-all, "A Taste of My Own Medicine" is an interesting, well written collection of essays. I'm a little too old to have understood many of the references to people, books, and music, but others who are more in tune with the contemporary scene would relate to these references.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A discursive non-narrative vignette. June 15, 2012
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If you are looking for clinical insights, this is not the book to find them in. It is a discursive stream of self-consciousness rap (non ryhming) on the life of a medical student/intern. There are one or two interesting insights in a mass of verbiage. I am a relatively old male, and this is not a style that I am fluent with.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - But Over My Head in Many Places May 30, 2012
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I enjoyed this Kindle single and liked the small snippets of this new doctor's life. Parts of her college career were talked about as well. I was prepared for it to be technical and have a lot of medical jargon - unfortunately the level was beyond what I expected and quite a bit of it went over my head. Even the general banter was somewhat...different, heavy.

This author seems to have a wealth of material. I just wish it would have been presented in a way that was easier to understand. I feel the impact was lost since I didn't grasp a lot of what was written. I won't mark this lower than a four. I feel it was my issue and not the author's.

A very interesting topic - a little too smarty-pants for my average brain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting April 22, 2014
By donna
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i have been in the medical field for 44 years......I found the book true and interesting. the medical world has changed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat boring whining March 8, 2013
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Probably the issue is that I am not a doctor (or medical student), but I found this book nothing more than a woman whining about her work and about the system behind it. Sorry, I face similar issue, but I find my own whining much less boring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that engaging January 14, 2013
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This is an ok read for on the plane or by the pool on holiday, but story isn't that engaging. I found myself constantly putting it down to pick up an alternative book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of My Own Medicine July 27, 2012
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An interesting book, however if the reader has not been in the medical field, this book might not appeal to them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Please, don't waste you money on this...
Incomprehensible, self-serving rant. I wish I could actually pry twenty words out of myself about this but it's difficult. Read more
Published on July 18, 2012 by Judith Leibovich
1.0 out of 5 stars Has she read her own medicine?
Fortunately for me I was able to borrow this book instead of wasting my money. The book is unfocused and irrelevant to the study of medicine in places. Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by Diane L. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of your own Medicine
Found this book very hard to get started, therfore I could not read it all. I would not recommend this book!
Published on July 11, 2012 by S. Loree Howe
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting work but at times a little hard to fathom
I wasn't sure of what to make of this when I started reading it. On the whole I enjoyed this work but at times I found the parts about rap somewhat distracting and even irrelevant. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Bean Cosnochta
3.0 out of 5 stars Taste of medicine
It's hard to decide whether the author is serious about meshing the practice of medicine with writing as this novel/essay is luke-warm,
cluttered, and not very focused. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Mary E. Latela
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge a Kindle Single by its Cover
Based on the title, I believed this single would be an honest "day in the life" type story of a person with less than idealistic feelings about the medical profession. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by C. C. MSN
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Maureen Miller is a medical student at NYU and currently studying for a master's of public health at Harvard. She is a founding editor of Rap Genius (www.RapGenius.com). Other writing for n+1 magazine, McSweeney's, Clinical Biochemistry, or whatever is archived at mymopinion.blogspot.com.

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