“To write prescriptions is easy but to come to an understanding
with people is hard.” This astute declaration from the short story “A
Country Doctor” was not penned by a physician but rather by Franz Kafka,
a lawyer by training who worked for an accident insurance company. How’s
that for irony? The quote is one of approximately 1500 excerpts included in The Doctor in Literature: Satisfaction or Resentment? Written
by a physician, the book examines the medical profession through the lens
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