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