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 ...

Letters to a Young Doctor 1996, Mariner Books, San Diego, CA

ISBN-13: 9780156003995

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Letters to a Young Doctor 1983, Touchstone Books

ISBN-13: 9780671442996

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Letters to a Young Doctor 1982, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780671253394

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