Do sleek high-tech hospitals teach more about medicine and less about humanity? Do doctors ever lose their tolerance for suffering? With sensitive observation and graceful prose, this book explores some of the difficult and deeply personal questions a 23-year-old doctor confronts with her very first dying patient, and continues to struggle with as she strives to become a good doctor. In her travels, the doctor attends to terminal illness, AIDS, tuberculosis, and premature birth in small rural communities throughout the world.
"Young is a gifted writer, and her prose is mesmerizing. She perfectly balances the details of breathtaking countryside with harsh medical realities to weave stories that capture one’s imagination and draw us fully in." —Journal of the American Medical