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Books, Journals, New Media
May 4, 2005


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2005;293(17):2159-2163. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2159-b

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 Literary Review.

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