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February 2, 1990

A gifted teacher and storyteller writes about his medical adventures

JAMA. 1990;263(5):725-727. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440050119048

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SITTING in the den of his winter home in Jupiter Island, Fla, Benjamin H. Kean, MD, booms out his message over the head of a JAMA reporter and toward the swimming pool beyond, where two inflatable toy dolphins meander back and forth, painted smiles frozen on their faces.

"Why do I talk so loud?" Kean responds to his wife's question. "Because, mentally, I'm back in classroom C-215 [at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center] and I'm trying to reach the last student in the last aisle."

Kean's memoir, M.D.—  One Doctor's Adventures Among the Famous and the Infamous from the Jungles of Panama to a Park Avenue Practice, will be published this month as a Ballantine Books hardcover. Written with Tracy Dahlby, the former managing editor of Newsweek International, the book condenses into 400 pages a stunning medical life that reads like a gripping detective novel. The book is dedicated