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The Pen and the Stethoscope is a unique collection of fiction and non-fiction by doctor–writers that gives us a fascinating look behind the doctor's mask and gets inside the minds of those who deal with enormous existential issues and traumatic situations on a daily basis.
It is through writing that many doctors have plumbed the depths and richness of their experience. This book takes a critical look at doctors' close observations on their working life.
With a foreword by Jerome Groopman, contributors include Oliver Sacks, Atul Gawande, Irvin Yalom, Jacinta Halloran, Peter Goldsworthy, Ethan Canin, Robert Jay Lifton, Danielle Ofri, Perri Klass, Nick Earls, Ethan Canin, Sandeep Jauhar, and Leah Kaminsky.


'Everyone is fascinated by writing. Everyone is fascinated by medical practice. In this remarkably creative book, Leah Kaminsky combines the two, and gives a forum to some fascinating and gifted writers, none less so than herself, to write imaginatively and with enchanting insight about the physician's experience, given that all the contributors are physicians. This is a book for doctors and patients — that is, the lot of us — to relish.' — Thomas Keneally


Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    October 25, 2010

    Scribe Publications

    240 pages

    RRP $32.99

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Also by Leah Kaminsky

The Waiting Room
Cracking the Code


No Middle Name
Uncommon Type
Men Without Women
The Language of Kindness
Last Stories
You Think It, I'll Say It
Three Japanese Short Stories
The Pier Falls
The Shore
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
Homesick For Another World
The Start of Something
Snowdrift and Other Stories (includes three new recently discovered short stories)
The Tsar of Love and Techno
A Snow Garden and Other Stories
Make Something Up
Collected Stories
The Cancer Chronicles