Letters to a Young Doctor (Harvest Book)

By Richard Selzer

Highly candid, insightful, and abruptly funny essays on either the brutality and the wonderful thing about the occupation during which saving and wasting lives is all in a day’s paintings. A undying assortment by means of the “best of the writing surgeons” (Chicago Tribune). With a Preface written via the writer specially for this edition.

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