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Books, Journals, New Media
April 7, 2004

Fiction

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(13):1635-1636. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1635

Physician-writers are a unique breed. They are witnesses to an array of human emotion and experience, and in medicine stories abound. To be a physician who writes well about medicine and about life puts one in the company of such writers as William Carlos Williams, Anton Chekhov, and John Keats.

In Kevin Patterson's fictional debut, Country of Cold: Stories of Sex and Death, landscapes of physical and emotional extremes are traversed by a group of classmates from a small Canadian town. This collection of interconnected stories heralds a writer who gazes into the loneliness and searching that underscore many lives. Patterson writes of characters leaving, crossing frontiers, and returning home, altered by choices and preoccupations, and of the melancholy struggle to come of age.

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