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In most, perhaps all, good writing, a contract exists between author and reader. The reader comes to the book on his own terms and with certain expectations. The author, no less, has his own expectations of a hoped-for, but probably nonexistent, perfect reader. A memoir of a young wife who dies of leukemia is a difficult book to write without placing such a contract under serious stresses. Dr. Werkman, a psychiatrist, has fulfilled his half of the contract with a proper mixture of love and restraint.
His recounting of his wife's 8-month battle with leukemia is, as one might expect,
Only a Little Time: A Memoir Of My Wife.. Ann Intern Med. ;79:144. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-1-144_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(1):144.
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