“A charming story well told.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Smart, funny, charming . . . full of astute insights into the way Italy works.”―Alexander Stille
“A wonderfully fun read.”―Dr. Robert Sapolsky
"As funny as it is poignant. A must read for anyone who thinks they understand medicine, Italy, or humanity.”―Barbie Latza Nadeau
After completing her medical training in New York, Susan Levenstein set off for a one year adventure in Rome. Forty years later, she is still practicing medicine in the Eternal City. In Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome Levenstein writes, with love and exasperation, about navigating her career through the renowned Italian tangle of brilliance and ineptitude, sexism and tolerance, rigidity and chaos.
Part memoir―starting with her epic quest for an Italian medical license―and part portrait of Italy from a unique point of view, Dottoressa is packed with vignettes that illuminate the national differences in character, lifestyle, health, and health care between her two countries. Levenstein, who has been called “the wittiest internist on earth,” covers everything from hookup culture to neighborhood madmen, Italian hands-off medical training, bidets, the ironies of expatriation, and why Italians always pay their doctor’s bills.
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A framework of common sense and wisdom for anyone who must bear the burden of severe illness and advanced institutional medical treatment.
-Keith Burnett, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Radiology
Hospitals can be dangerous to your health!
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