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March 1, 2000

FictionThe White Life

Author Affiliations

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


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by Michael Stein, 176 pp, $22, ISBN 1-57962-022-1, Sag Harbor, NY, Permanent Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(9):1210-1211. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1210-JBK0301-2-1

Dr Peter Cave is the somber 35-year-old internist who narrates The White Life. His last name may provide a clue to his nature and personality—hollow, recessed, and even collapsed. His father, Samuel, died when Peter was only 13 years old. Peter is convinced that his father's physician, Dr Marcus Gresser, was somehow responsible for Samuel Cave's untimely death from heart disease. The narrator's odyssey to confront Dr Gresser and explore his own feelings is both aided and complicated by George Dittus, a stubborn and eccentric cardiac patient, who in many ways reminds the narrator of his father, Samuel.

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