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Books, Journals, New Media
April 28, 2004

Medical School

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(16):2021-2022. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.2021

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).57 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.

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