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Book and Media Reviews
May 3, 2006


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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(17):2079-2084. doi:10.1001/jama.295.17.2083-a

Bellevue Hospital: gunshot wounds, GI bleeds, tetralogy of Fallot, ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy acknowledged or discovered only when a woman goes into labor. The motto “I’ve seen plenty” describes medical education at that giant New York hospital.

Dr Jerome Lowenstein is a compassionate doctor who trained and remained at New York University (NYU)-Bellevue. What he has learned and accomplished there is contained in an updated book of essays, The Midnight Meal. The title refers to a dinner, mostly of leftovers, served nightly until the late 1970s to doctors and medical students on call. Lowenstein remembers it as

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