Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Shirley M. Neitch and Maurice A. Mufson, 360 pp, with illus, paper, $29.95, ISBN 0-07-046515-0, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1998.
The transition from premedical student to medical student can be a difficult one, as the demands on one's ability to assimilate knowledge increase exponentially. What makes this process overwhelming for many students, however, is the added burden of meeting patients with all those diseases mentioned in lectures. "Contact with a patient, like marriage," writes Melvin Konner, MD, "is easier to get into when you are young and, if not foolish, at least confident, even headstrong."1
EducationBecoming a Clinician: A Primer for Students. JAMA. 1999;281(11):1043-1044. doi:10.1001/jama.281.11.1043-JBK0317-2-1