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Dr. Pauline Chen Talks About Her Book Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflection on Mortality

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Dr. Pauline Chen
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Joanne Chan

Dr. Pauline Chen

Alongside the rapid progression of medicinal science, the job description of being a doctor has likewise drastically transformed in recent decades. Rather than delivering the comfort and support patients need, possessing the knowledge to diagnose a disease and the skill to cure a patient has become the driving factor behind pursuing a medical track. In Dr. Pauline Chen’s best-selling book Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality (2007), she tells the tale of her struggle as a medical student in a society unprepared to deal with the emotional responsibility associated with death. In a world that tends to suppress raw emotion and praises impartiality and coolness, she asserts her goal to improve end-of-life (palliative) health care. Dr. Chen, will address this topic in a lecture titled Doctor and Patient: Lost in Translation on Tuesday, January 22, at 8 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall as a part of UCSB Arts & Lectures' Speaking of Health series. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call 893-3535 or visit

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