Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
This is Danielle Ofri’s second book of short autobiographical
stories. Following Singular Intimacies, which recounted
her medical training as a student and resident, this new volume draws on her
experiences as a practicing physician. Similarly, it consists of a series
of fairly self-contained chapters, although later chapters make occasional
reference to people or events from previous chapters, providing some continuity
through the book.
The first few chapters describe some of her encounters just after residency
while doing locum tenens work in Florida, New England, and New Mexico. The
remainder of the episodes take place at Bellevue Hospital, in New York City,
where Ofri nowworks as an attending physician in general internal medicine.
She is also founder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue
Chao J. Memoir. JAMA. 2005;293(17):2159-2163. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2159-b