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Short White Coat: Lessons from Patients on Becoming a Doctor Paperback – November 3, 2009
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Memoirs are almost a dime a dozen...Not so [with] "Short White Coat," by Dr. James A. Feinstein, about his third year as a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. Medicine remains a universally fascinating topic...The work is lively, honest, alternately funny and sad. -Reviewed by Deborah Straw for US Review of Books
"Short White Coat" is a collection of wonderfully heart-warming stories about real life experiences of a third year medical student. Ranging from frankly scary to truly uplifting, each of the stories teaches a lesson about listening, learning and growing. -Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views
2010 Eric Hoffer Award (Memoir Category), 1st Runner-Up
About the Author
James A. Feinstein, MD survived medical school and is now an attending physician at the Children's Hospital Colorado. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, he earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His short stories have been published in multiple journals.
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This book and this author doesn't need those extremes. With a clear and personal voice, Dr. Feinstein tells stories that allow the reader to march with him through his third year of medical school. He writes about the various patients one sees in the hospital, the clinic, a nursing home, the OR, and how they are as much his teachers as his attendings are.
It's a quick and very entertaining read. In one half-hour, I belly-laughed, gasped and welled-up. One doesn't need theme music or affairs in the call room when the stories are told with such honesty, sympathy and insight. Very well done.
Having known James for over ten years (since college), I can attest that this book is a true reflection of his dedication to medicine and desire to help people.