The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How… (more)

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Editorial reviews (9 reviews)


All of the essays are sophisticated investigations into the self-conscious way we construct stories about our identity, craft our “own mythology.”

Slate : The Flinch (April 08, 2014)

Jamison’s writing is often formally inventive, but never appears to be pursuing formal invention for its own sake; it’s always a case, rather, of the material demanding some radical style of treatment, like a condition with no obvious cure.

Slate : The Flinch (April 08, 2014)

There are subcutaneous connections running throughout, though they seem to result more from an organizing cluster of obsessions than any kind of willful effort to make a major statement about empathy.


Book Details  


Publisher: Graywolf Press (April 01, 2014)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English


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