The Collected Stories From a Doctor's Notebook

The Collected Stories From a Doctor's Notebook

by Siegfried Kra

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The Collected Stories from a Doctor's Notebook brings together the best writing of Dr. Siegfried Kra, who has published 13 books with WW Norton, Warner Books and McGraw Hill, among others. Like the famous Russian literary physician Chekhov, Kra uses storytelling to connect medicine with the human condition, resulting in tales of love and loss, triumph and disillusionment. From post-war France and Switzerland to a modern private cardiology practice and the teaching hospitals at Yale , Kra diagnoses rare diseases, falls in love, and even survives a plane crash on a frozen lake.

Holding My Brother's Hand is a poignant story about the importance of physical contact in an age of technological medicine. Plane Crash on a Frozen Lake and I'm Fine are tales of survival and the struggle to overcome the denial physicians often feel when they are the ones who need care. In Coke on a Hot Day and The Ingrid Bergman Nun patients, as well as a fellow doctor, have a shocking secret. In Secret Mission, Kra undertakes a transatlantic mission in 1952 to deliver a briefcase for the government. Prostitutes, gangsters and even a naked gardner flesh out these stories, both literally and figuratively.

Few works explore the Golden Age of Medicine better than these seventeen stories, and few physicians have lived richer lives than Siegfried Kra.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149869961
Publisher: Canal House
Publication date: 07/30/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 505 KB

About the Author

Siegfried Kra was born in Danzig, Poland. His family escaped from the Nazis in 1938 and settled in lower Manhattan. He specialized in Cardiology at Yale, where he still practices 50 years later. His books include What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease, Aging Myths, and How to Keep Your Husband Alive.

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