On Call Medicine is often viewed as a cold, exact science with remote doctors who are quick to diagnose and move on to their next charge. Emily… On Call Medicine is often viewed as a cold, exact science with remote doctors who are quick to diagnose and move on to their next charge. Emily… 2004-08-01 Nonfiction St. Martin's Press
Book Review

On Call (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 01, 2004; Writer: Emily R. Transue; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Medicine is often viewed as a cold, exact science with remote doctors who are quick to diagnose and move on to their next charge. Emily R. Transue puts a refreshingly human face on the profession in her compelling account of her years as a fresh-out-of-medical-school resident in On Call. With an assured voice and keen humor, Transue exposes quaking thoughts of ''I can't be your doctor.... I'm only an intern -- worse yet, I'm a fraud'' that lie just beneath the long white coat. From the odd sensation of smelling raspberry strudel while performing chest compressions to the delicate task of telling a patient that he is dying of lung cancer, Transue's empathetic, candid anecdotes prove that compassion still exists in a seemingly sterile practice.

Originally posted Aug 13, 2004 Published in issue #778 Aug 13, 2004 Order article reprints
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