One Community/One Book 2009: The Book

Cover of Final Exam by Pauline ChenFinal Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen, Alfred A. Knopf, 2007; also published in paperback by Vintage, 2008.


“Dr. Chen, a surgeon specializing in liver transplants, is her own patient in Final Exam, a series of thoughtful, moving essays on the troubled relationship between modern medical practice and the emotional events surrounding death. . . . Dr. Chen vividly conveys the fears and anxieties of medical training, as well as its pleasures. . . . Her most hopeful argument is herself: a doctor open to confronting her own fears and doubts, and willing to prepare her patients for the final exam.” — William Grimes, “Doctor Confronts the Human Drama’s Inevitable Finale“, New York Times, Jan 10, 2007.


Copies of Final Exam are available at any UT Health Science Center Library at call number WZ 100C518F 2007 or in the Health Science Center Bookstore for 25% off.