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Pauline W. Chen Jun 21, 2019
A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality
Too often keeping patients alive gets in the way of helping them as they approach death. Dr. Pauline Chen shares her experiences as a medical student and transplant surgeon and how they’ve shaped the way she practices medicine.
Chen is the author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality
(Vintage, 2008) and the New York Times
column “Doctor and Patient.” Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post
, The New York Times Magazine
, and The New York Times Book Review
. Her work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Michael F. Robinson is professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. He's the author of
The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and
The Lost White Tribe: Scientists, Explorers, and the Theory that Changed a Continent (Oxford University Press, 2016). He's also the host of the podcast Time to Eat the Dogs, a weekly podcast about science, history, and exploration.
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