Stress Test

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Pub Date Jun 04 2024 | Archive Date Jul 04 2024

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Stress Test, a memoir of medical training in the 1970s, is particularly timely after the Dobbs decision, when the rights that underpin a woman’s ability to participate fully in professional and public life are under attack. The story takes the reader through a five-year crucible, from the first day of medical school through the last day of internship. Unveiling the cadaver while her mother lay dying on an oncology ward; the excitement of making difficult diagnoses and the terror and tragedy of disastrous mistakes; the joy of connecting with patients and the heartbreak of losing them—it’s all here. Women comprised less than a fifth of the author’s medical school class, so the scourge of sexism riddles the narrative. And as a white woman in the largely Black urban environment of West Baltimore, barely a decade after the Civil Rights movement and long before Black Lives Matter, she bore witness throughout her training to the human cost of racism. 

The author navigated personal struggles as well: her mother’s death; several ill-starred romantic relationships, including an interracial love affair with a professor; a roommate’s suicide; and her own suicidality, depression, and experiences in therapy. 

Stress Test joins a growing body of work by women physicians. This memoir takes place at a time when women were still years away from comprising half—or more—of medical school students, and when the second wave of feminism was surging; but many of the fears, griefs, and struggles that women in medicine face today are the same ones the author grappled with decades earlier.

Stress Test, a memoir of medical training in the 1970s, is particularly timely after the Dobbs decision, when the rights that underpin a woman’s ability to participate fully in professional and...


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EDITION Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 9781627205238
PRICE $24.99 (USD)
PAGES 314

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