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.
In 1965, a paperback novel entitled simply Intern and authored by a mysterious "Dr. X"1 opened
the world of postgraduate medical training to the public and catalyzed a small
genre of similar works in subsequent years. By the late 1970s, the genre had
grown to include serious satire (Samuel Shem)2 and
accounts from female residents (Florence Hasteline, Elizabeth Morgan),3,4 and by the 1980s, several accounts
by medical students were published (Charles LeBaron, Perri Klass, Melvin Konner).5- 7 Each of these
first-hand accounts offered frank critiques of medical training and patient
care. By exposing the public to their experiences behind the scenes, these
medical learners hoped to compel the profession to change.
Gregory SR. Medical School. JAMA. 2004;291(16):2021-2022. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.2021