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Letters to a Young Doctor

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In highly personal pieces that are both memoirs or Richard Selzer's own imperfect experiences as a young doctor and "letters" ostensibly addressed to medical hopefuls, he brings to light both the brutality and beauty of the profession in which saving and losing lives is all in a day's work. A surgeon, he shows, must be at once infallible and infallibly human - a mortal miracle worker whose task is to overwhelm and control the body, but "kindly and gravely, and without condescension." Candid, insightful, and unexpectedly funny, "Letters to a Young Doctor" is a timeless collection that will compel anyone fascinated by the miracles of the human body, life, and death, "No one, " raved the "Los Angeles Times," "writes about the practice of medicine with Selzer's unique combination of mystery and wonder." Hide synopsis

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