Paula Krauser

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Krauser, Paula

Last Updated: Nov-24-1998
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Squier, Harriet

Primary Category: Literature / Nonfiction

Genre: Essay


A pediatric intern encounters her first dying child. Her initial response is to care for the child, hold him, and try to comfort him. She is told by her attending physician that this behavior is unprofessional. When she cries in response to her stress and grief, she is told she will never be an effective physician. The narrator then describes how she ultimately came to terms with her impulse to cry at stressful times, and how she interacts with patients in her current practice.

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