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Book and Media Reviews
September 6, 2006


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

JAMA. 2006;296(9):1141-1144. doi:10.1001/jama.296.9.1141

This collection of 44 thoughtful short essays, written by students during their training at Harvard Medical School, is both captivating reading and an instructive cautionary tale for those who would engage the biomedical enterprise in any fashion. Editors Susan Pories, Sachin H. Jain, and Gordon Harper are a breast cancer surgeon, a medical student and class leader, and an adolescent psychiatrist, respectively. The student contributors write from their souls, providing a frontline report on the process of acculturation into the profession. That process is as integral to their education as the basic sciences of biochemistry and anatomy or knowledge of physical diagnosis and interviewing techniques.