Perri Klass

Perri Klass

Professor

Perri Klass, M.D. has been writing as a medical journalist dating back to her years as a student at Harvard Medical School in the 1980s, when she published a series of essays, reflections on medical training, in the Hers column of The New York Times. Since that time she has published her medical journalism in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Science Section, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The New England Journal of Medicine, Esquire, Parenting, and Vogue. She has written regular columns about medicine for Discover Magazine, American Health, Massachusetts Medicine, and Diversion. Her essays about medicine and medical training have been collected in the books A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student (1987), and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician’s Training (1992). At NYU, Dr. Klass is a professor both in Journalism and in Pediatrics.

Klass is particularly interested in issues of medicine and ethics, issues of infectious disease and issues of pediatrics and literacy. She also writes regularly about travel, food, parenting, and knitting. She is the recipient of a James Beard Journalism Award for magazine writing on diet, nutrition, and health, a Virtual Mentor Award from the American Medical Association, awarded for her writing, and an Honors Award from the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, along with five O. Henry Awards for her short fiction. She has frequently lectured on medicine and writing, including commencement addresses at many medical schools. Her role as a medical journalist was featured in the National Library of Medicine exhibit on Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians at the National Institutes of Health. She received her A.B. from Harvard in 1979, her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1986, completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston, in 1989, her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital in 1992, and practiced pediatrics at an urban health care clinic in Boston for 12 years. As the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, a national literacy program, she has trained physicians around the country on how to integrate books and advice about reading aloud into pediatrics. She has taught science writing at Harvard University, and has served as Chair of the Executive Board of PEN New England.

Klass is the author of three novels, The Mystery of Breathing (2004), Other Women’s Children (1990), and Recombinations (1985), and two collections of short stories, Love and Modern Medicine (2001), and I Am Having an Adventure (1986). Her other books include Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In (coauthored with Eileen Costello, MD, 2003) and Every Mother Is A Daughter (coauthored with Sheila Solomon Klass, 2006).

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Published Works

The New England Journal of Medicine
The Tragedy of Measles
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The New York Times
The Impact of Disparities on Children’s Health
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Los Angeles Review of Books
Anne of the Armistice: Girls’ Book Heroines Confront the Great War
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The New York Times
The War to End All Measles
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The New York Times
On Being an Orphan, Frequently
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The New York Times
In Praise of Margery Sharp
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The New York Times
Proud of My Graduate, but Missing My Mother
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The New York Times
Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients
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The New York Times
Good News for Older Mothers
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The New York Times
Traveling With Adult Children
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The New York Times
The Banned Books Your Child Should Read
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The New York Times
On the Road
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The New York Times
What Knitting Can Teach Us About Parenting
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NPR
Why I’m Fascinated By Parasitic Worms
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The New York Times
The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children
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The New York Times
Should Pediatricians Refuse to Treat Patients Who Don’t Vaccinate?
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The New England Journal of Medicine
Saving Tiny Tim — Pediatrics and Childhood Poverty in the United States
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The New York Times
Parents Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Training Babies to Sleep
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The New York Times
Clumsiness as a Diagnosis
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The New York Times
Fear of Crying: The Problem of Babies and Airplanes
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The New York Times
The Benefits of Spicing Up a Breast-Feeding Mother’s Diet
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The New York Times
Some Babies Are Just Easier Than Others
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The New York Times
The Always Hungry Teenage Boy
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The New York Times
Using Phones to Connect Children to Health Care
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The New Yorker
War of the Worms
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The Wall Street Journal
Touring Belgium: Easily Europe’s Most Underrated Destination
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The New York Times
Bedtime Stories for Young Brains
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The Washington Post
How Szechuan peppercorns can help you grow old and bond with your young
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The New England Journal of Medicine
Death Takes a Weekend
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CNN
When the flu wiped out millions
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The Wall Street Journal
Shakespeare as a Life Coach
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The New York Times
Parents, Wired to Distraction
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The New York Times
How a College Roommate Can Affect Your Child
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The New York Times
Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China
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Harvard Medical School News
Fever Dreams
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The New England Journal of Medicine
Getting Through the Night
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The New York Times
To Help a Shy Child, Listen
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The New York Times
Poverty as a Childhood Disease
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The New York Times
A Firm Grasp on Comfort
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The New York Times
Understanding How Children Develop Empathy
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The New York Times
Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits
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The New England Journal of Medicine
Zen and the Art of Pediatric Health Maintenance
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The New York Times
The Makings of Our Earliest Memories
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The New York Times
Parents’ Depression Linked to Problems in Children
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The New York Times
Can Fido and Whiskers Enrich Children’s Lives?
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The New York Times
Things Adult Medicine Could Learn From Pediatrics
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The New York Times
The Joy of Feeding
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The New York Times
Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language
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The New York Times
A Child’s Nap Is More Complicated Than It Looks
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The New York Times
Fixated by Screens, but Seemingly Nothing Else
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The New York Times
On the Left Hand, There Are No Easy Answers
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The New York Times
Lifting a Veil of Fear to See a Few Benefits of Fever
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The New York Times
Untangling the Myths About Attention Disorder
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The Washington Post
Review of “Origins”
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The New York Times
Understanding ‘Ba Ba Ba’ as a Key to Development
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The New York Times
When to Worry if a Child Has Too Few Words
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The Washington Post
Pain and dying are explored by doctors in new books
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The New York Times
If a Baby Has a Fever, Treatment All Depends
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The New England Journal of Medicine
Close Calls
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The Mercy Rule
The Mercy Rule
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The New England Journal of Medicine
The Moral of the Story
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Treatment Kind and Fair
Treatment Kind and Fair
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Every Mother Is A Daughter
Every Mother Is a Daughter
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