Under the Ether Dome: A Physician's Apprenticeship at Massachusetts General Hospital

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As background to an account of his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is now a resident, Hoffmann summarizes the history of the prestigious facility. With considerable literary flair and perspective, he describes how frustrations as well as surprises and rewards during the arduous training brought him often to "the verge of discontent," but helped him evolve a sense of values and change his feelings from those of a nervous "imposter" to confidence tempered by humility and gallows humor. Unusual in a book of this kind is the gratitude expressed by the author to the nurses and to the patients from whom he learned and whom he appreciates as unique human beings. He also offers his views on medical ethics in patient relationships, which he considers are insufficiently emphasized in training, as are non-biological/anatomical models as ways of understanding and treating illness.
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Besides describing the author's internship at a leading U.S. hospital, this book deals with medical ethics, the important role of nurses, and suggestions for improving medical education. The chapter on the intensive care unit is worth the price of the book. However, the chapter on the history of Massachusetts General, though replete with fascinating anecdotes, seems out of place. One other complaint: if Hoffmann is typical, doctors are still addressing their patients, particularly women, by their first names. But on the whole, this book is very informative and well written. Hoffmann does not cover up the flaws of medicine or the compromises that physicians are called upon to make. Highly recommended.Anne Twitchell, Architecture Library, Univ. of Maryland Library, College Park
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