The Good Doctor by Susan Onthank Mates
(John Simmons Short Fiction Award)

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A collection of stories dealing with good and evil includes "Theng," about Cambodian refugees living in America, and "The Good Doctor," about a physician torn between her profession and personal needs. 1994 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. UP.

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Published November 1, 1994 by University of Iowa Press. 123 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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And in the powerful title story, the head of a hospital's medicine department allows herself to be seduced by a young, careless student who wants to blackmail her into passing him and experiences a reprieve from spinsterhood and the strict rules she had always forced herself to live by.

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At times, Mates etches events only slightly or hatches contrived endings, and her writing can suffer from faux-Kerouac excess (``I was the American girl righteousness rolled off me a mighty stream I rose from my desk Peter Pan Collar angel wings....''), but the yearning of nearly all her characte...

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Most portrayals of doctors in popular culture present the doctor as saint or the doctor as sinner -- the dedicated, self-sacrificing priest or priestess, or the money-grubbing, selfish, self-centered, and self-serving opportunist with no genuine concern for humanity.

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