Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor, Part 229

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Fawcett Gold Medal, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
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Sayantani DasGupta, a young Indian American woman, entered medical school with a vision of saving lives and making the world a better place. What she found instead was a difficult path of politics, sexism, and red tape. Based on wry "field notes" she took throughout her journey in the healing profession, this enlightening story of learning to be a doctor will provoke tears, laughter, and thoughtful reflection. . . .
In these pages, DasGupta's trials and tribulations--and those of her patients--are vividly rendered. Whether it is a fourteen-year-old giving birth, a terrified AIDS patient, or elderly lovebirds with a less-than-ordinary sex problem, DasGupta illuminates the miracle of life and the struggle to sustain it. Yet she also shines a penetrating light on today's medical landscape--the militarism of medicine (where the patient is often the enemy), the gender wars, and the increasingly restrictive practice of managed care.
A remarkable account of medicine on the cusp of the twenty-first century, HER OWN MEDICINE is filled with wisdom and written with grace, lucid intellect, and a striking respect for life and the profession that heals it.

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About the author (1999)

Sayantani DasGupta graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1998 and is currently in training in the Residency Program in Social Pediatrics at Montefiore Hospital (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) in the Bronx. She has written for popular magazines, medical journals and literary/academic anthologies, and has been featured with her mother in Ms. magazine and two photography/essay books on mothers and daughters. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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