|Published 9 Jan 2007 hardback|
(paperback 2008 cover pictured)
I found Chen's account extremely engaging. In Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality (2007), Chen explains in rich detail how she responds to the realities of death inherent in medicine -- and in life.
Chen is a very well-respected surgeon, noted for her excellent technical skill.
However, she also has a background in anthropology, which makes her very attentive to the social, emotional, cultural and ethical dimensions of medicine.
Chen reveals great vulnerability by pulling back the curtain of her profession and her own internal processes, showing her constantly evolving stance towards those at risk for dying--which ends up being everybody.