Acclaimed pediatrician, journalist, and novelist Perri Klass offers a provocative look at the ups and downs of medical school – from those first exams to the day she became a doctor. In a direct, candid style, Klass shares what it is like to be a first-time mother while attending med school; the unique lingo of the med student; how to deal with every bodily fluid imaginable; and the humor and heartbreak of working with patients. With this collection of essays, Klass established herself as a go-to voice for a generation of med students and doctors, with her frank and witty perspective. Klass also brings a proven ability to make the medical world accessible to the lay reader, through her extensive literary and journalistic experience. This edition is updated for a new generation of doctors and readers, with a brand-new foreword and annotated content by Klass.