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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (11 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450506380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450506380
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,861,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Katherine Klein is a retired doctor who devotes herself to multiple philanthropic projects and speaking engagements.

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A very compelling read of a woman's life and relationships, including a very messy divorce, you really got to know the people and feel for them, and it was so hard to put down in places as you 'needed' to know what was going to happen - you also find yourself shouting in frustration at times. I would have given this 4 stars, but the formatting means it is confusing to read in places, and you find yourself re-reading bits to understand.
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A young girl with a dream comes forward to walk us through her life and took me into her overdue dream that began with her exodus from her childhood home, and her determined father with a strength I'm not sure she knew she had.
She meets Randir who charms her out of her undeveloped good sense and she marries him only to find out, charm is all he had, and what he used to employ and control her and everyone else. In the eye of that disappointing storm is where her journey and her good sense began to take shape. Katherine Kline takes us with her to medical school and describes her reaction to the intense study while still uncertain which branch of medicine she will eventually choose as her life's career. I was able to walk along with her as she gave me a tour of her lab experiences, hospital and patient exchanges and the extraordinary workload she carried through her days.

As she was able to compromise her living conditions with Randir who has already proven to her better judgment that he was not good husband material, she pushed onward. She learned how well she could multitask after her two sons were born. Questioning her decision to go into aesthesia because exhaustion was constant, this story inspires all women with the idea that they cannot achieve success or set goals. She earned her title as Doctor and not without huge obstacles.

This story keeps you reading her curved and poignant tales of life and death in a hospital environment. Heartbreaking yet I knew these stories were true along with her compassion, especially for the children.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9eb707e0) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ead6d74) out of 5 stars A possible reality, heartbreaking. 5 Sept. 2012
By Joanne Mazzotta - Published on Amazon.com
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A young girl with a dream comes forward to walk us through her life and took me into her overdue dream that began with her exodus from her childhood home, and her determined father with a strength I'm not sure she knew she had.
She meets Randir who charms her out of her undeveloped good sense and she marries him only to find out, charm is all he had, and what he used to employ and control her and everyone else. In the eye of that disappointing storm is where her journey and her good sense began to take shape. Katherine Kline takes us with her to medical school and describes her reaction to the intense study while still uncertain which branch of medicine she will eventually choose as her life's career. I was able to walk along with her as she gave me a tour of her lab experiences, hospital and patient exchanges and the extraordinary workload she carried through her days.

As she was able to compromise her living conditions with Randir who has already proven to her better judgment that he was not good husband material, she pushed onward. She learned how well she could multitask after her two sons were born. Questioning her decision to go into aesthesia because exhaustion was constant, this story inspires all women with the idea that they cannot achieve success or set goals. She earned her title as Doctor and not without huge obstacles.

This story keeps you reading her curved and poignant tales of life and death in a hospital environment. Heartbreaking yet I knew these stories were true along with her compassion, especially for the children. Along with her well-documented experiences in her career, relationship with her sons, and finding her footing as a mother and a wife that kept me glued, Kline grabs my emotions and forces me to be a witness to one of the most horrendously excruciating divorces and custody battles I have ever heard of, read of, or seen in my life. A Physicians Plight deserves every star I gave it.

I finished this book with one good thought; I am ever so glad the phone rang that night.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaced80) out of 5 stars Life Lessons 24 April 2010
By M. Graff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Who we become is determined by the choices we make, a difficult lesson to learn, and one which is clearly demonstrated in this highly readable book. Dr. Katherine Klein generously shares her experiences and the life lessons she is forced to accept. A conscientious, hard-working doctor, Klein weaves her medical tales into the framework of the story of her marriage and child-bearing. When that marriage falls apart, she becomes a pawn of the courts ust, and can be worked and skewed by an unscrupulous ex. Her pain is palpable, her distress is real, and we feel for the unfairness of a system that deserts her. Nevertheless, Klein demonstrates a toughness and determination that will leave you cheering for her.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eacee7c) out of 5 stars An intriguing read that shouldn't be missed for readers of personal memoirs 9 April 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stress and the occupation of physician are no strangers to each other, and a chaotic home life does not help things. "A Physician's Plight: A Memoir: Professional Success... Personal Disaster" tells the tale of Katherine Klein and the rough going she has with her derelict husband as their marital tensions strain and their children pulled apart. Faced with the unfairness of the courts that favor non-earners in a relationship, she tells how her life in dealing with the sick is a stress relief versus her personal life. "A Physician's Plight" is an intriguing read that shouldn't be missed for readers of personal memoirs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eac6d74) out of 5 stars Too true, too often... 27 Dec. 2012
By Doug DePew - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished "A Physician's Plight" last night, and Dr. Klein's story broke my heart. It follows her story from her youth through final personal triumph with twenty years of heartache in between. This book is well-written and moves at a good clip. It does a good job of sharing just enough that we can actually feel it from the inside. As the title suggests, there is an interesting contrast between Dr. Klein's escalating personal struggles and stories from inside the hospital.

Having lived through my wife's own struggles for custody of her son, I empathized with Dr. Klein's story. It's amazing what family court can sometimes conclude. Reality seems to have very little to do with their decisions in many cases.

This was a brave story. I thank Dr. Klein for sharing it and recommend it to anyone who likes a good, personal memoir.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaca18c) out of 5 stars A Physician's Plight 24 Jan. 2010
By J. Silcox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book truly defines that with determination one can overcome heartbreak and financial pitfalls. Anyone who has experienced life's hard knocks can benefit from reading this informative and uplifting book.
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