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Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education (review)

Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education (review) 546 Biography 33.3 (Summer 2010) Suzanne Poirier. Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2009. 200 pp. ISBN 978-1587297922, $39.95. Suzanne Poirier, author of Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Edu- cation, taught literature to medical students at the University of Illinois Col- lege of Medicine for twenty-fi ve years, and in this new book she focuses her considerable critical and educational expertise on autobiographical writing by doctors-in-training. Bridging literary criticism and ethnography, Poirier examines over forty book-length accounts of medical education—medical school, residency, or both—written between 1965 and 2005, and mines these memoirs, diaries, and blogs for what they collectively reveal about the sub- jective experience of such training. More than future lawyers, teachers, or business people, future doctors undergo a notoriously long and brutal ap- prenticeship and, perhaps because the experience can be so inhumane, they more often choose to write about it. They turn to writing to make sense of the suffering they witness and to sort through the wrenching tests and trans- formations of their own identities. Poirier interprets these memoirs through both literary and social scientifi c lenses: they become data for her qualitative assessment of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education (review)

Biography , Volume 33 (3) – Oct 30, 2010

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546 Biography 33.3 (Summer 2010) Suzanne Poirier. Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2009. 200 pp. ISBN 978-1587297922, $39.95. Suzanne Poirier, author of Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Edu- cation, taught literature to medical students at the University of Illinois Col- lege of Medicine for twenty-fi ve years, and in this new book she focuses her considerable critical and educational expertise on autobiographical writing by doctors-in-training. Bridging literary criticism and ethnography, Poirier examines over forty book-length accounts of medical education—medical school, residency, or both—written between 1965 and 2005, and mines these memoirs, diaries, and blogs for what they collectively reveal about the sub- jective experience of such training. More than future lawyers, teachers, or business people, future doctors undergo a notoriously long and brutal ap- prenticeship and, perhaps because the experience can be so inhumane, they more often choose to write about it. They turn to writing to make sense of the suffering they witness and to sort through the wrenching tests and trans- formations of their own identities. Poirier interprets these memoirs through both literary and social scientifi c lenses: they become data for her qualitative assessment of

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Published: Oct 30, 2010

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