Michelle Au started medical school armed only with a surfeit of idealism, a handful of old ER episodes for reference, and a vague notion about helping people. This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood is the story of how she grew up and became a real doctor. The memoir is a no-holds-barred account of what a modern medical education feels like, from the grim to the ridiculous and the heartwarming to the obscene. Unlike most medical memoirs, this one details Au’s struggles to maintain a life outside of the hospital, in the small amount of free time she had to live it. When she and her husband have a baby early in both their medical residencies, Au explores the demands of being a parent with those of a physician, two all-consuming jobs in which the lives of others are very literally in her hands. Michelle Au, M.D., is an attending physician of anesthesiology at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. For the past seven years, she has been writing online about her experiences in the world of academic medicine as well as the world outside it. The writings from her blog, “The Underwear Drawer,” have been featured on WebMD, The Student Doctor Network, Metafilter, and Revolution Health, and her medical comic strips have been featured extensively at academic medical centers internationally. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Dr. Joseph Walrath, and their two sons, Cal and Mack. This lecture is presented by the Literary Center at Margaret Mitchell House. (jasbro)
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