Richard Selzer

Richard Selzer was an American surgeon and author known for his writing on medicine and the human side of the medical profession. He was born on June 24, 1928, and passed away on June 15, 2016. Selzer's work often blended elements of his medical career with his passion for literature, resulting in a number of well-received books that explore the complexities of life, death, and the human condition. His notable works include 'Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery' and 'The Doctor Stories'. His literary contributions have been recognized for their introspective and compassionate look at the world of medicine.


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  1. 1. Taking the World in for Repairs

    "Taking the World in for Repairs" is a collection of short stories that explore the human condition through a variety of lenses. The author, a surgeon, uses his medical background to delve into the complexities of life and death, love and loss, and the inherent beauty and tragedy of the human experience. Each story offers a unique perspective on life's most profound questions, providing readers with thought-provoking insights into the nature of humanity.