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Books, Journals, New Media
April 1, 1998

FictionThe Good Doctor

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


by Susan Onthank Mates, 123 pp, $22.95, ISBN 0-87745-467-1, paper, $10.95, ISBN 0-87745-612-7, Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 1994.

JAMA. 1998;279(13):1044. doi:10.1001/jama.279.13.1044-JBK0401-6-1

The Good Doctor is an engaging collection of 12 short stories populated by characters as diverse as Cambodian refugees, musicians, children in a German boarding school, a doctor who yearns to be a painter, and a youngster who will not sleep at night. Most are linked by their struggle to fathom the meaning of their lives and their place in the world. Some are nearly consumed by their effort in deciding how to live and where they fit in. More often than not, these tales of emotional survival are littered with squandered opportunities and roads not taken.

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