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Perri Klass, MD, is a pediatrician and writer, who has published extensively about her medical training and pediatric practice. She is well-known for her writing about the issues of women in medicine, about relationships between doctors and patients, and about children and literacy. She is the author of both fiction and nonfiction: novels, stories, essays, and journalism. Dr. Klass is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, and Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, a national childhood literacy program that works through doctors and nurses to encourage parents to read aloud to young children, and to give them the books they need to do it. She is a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and has been nominated by the President of the United States to the Advisory Board of the National Institute For Literacy.

Dr. Klass was born in Trinidad, where her father, Morton Klass, was doing anthropological field work. She grew up in New York City and Leonia, New Jersey. Her father was an anthropology professor at Barnard College, and her mother a novelist and professor of English at the City University of New York. Dr. Klass received her A.B. in Biology from Harvard University in 1979. Klass went on to earn her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1986, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston, and her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital.

During her years at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Klass began to chronicle her medical training. In 1984, as a third-year medical student, she wrote a series of columns, published in the New York Times in the series of “Hers Columns,” describing, among other things, the uncertainty of drawing blood for the very first time, the peculiar locutions of hospital jargon, and the emotional subtext of crying in the hospital. She also wrote, in the New York Times Magazine, about the experience of having a baby while in medical school. She went on to write many articles and columns about her training, originally published in Discover Magazine, American Health, Massachusetts Medicine, and other magazines, and later collected in two books about medical training, A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student, and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician's Training.

In addition to her accounts of medical training, her books include a memoir in two voices, Every Mother is a Daughter: the Neverending Quest for Success, Inner Peace, and a Really Clean Kitchen, coauthored with her mother, Sheila Solomon Klass, and Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In, coauthored with Eileen Costello, MD. Perri Klass’s novels include The Mystery of Breathing, Other Women’s Children (also made into a Lifetime TV movie), and Recombinations; she has also published two collections of short stories, I Am Having An Adventure, and Love and Modern Medicine. Her short stories have won five O. Henry Awards. Klass’s most recent non-fiction book, Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor was published in 2007; her most recent novel The Mercy Rule, appeared in 2008. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Science Section, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Washington Post, Vogue, Gourmet, and many other magazines and newspapers. She writes a regular column in Knitters Magazine, and her knitting essays have been collected in the book Two Sweaters for My Father. She is the recipient of a 2000 James Beard Journalism Award, and the 2006 Women’s National Book Association Award.

Dr. Klass has combined her interest in medicine and literacy to help promote the importance of books to children, through her work with Reach Out and Read. She became involved with Reach Out and Read when it was a single program in a single hospital, and, through her leadership at the National Center, has helped it grow into a national program, now in more than 4,500 locations in all 50 states, distributing more than 6 million books every year to more than 3.8 million children. Dr. Klass has trained doctors and nurses around the country...and recently around the world, from Portugal to the strategies to incorporate books and literacy guidance into pediatric primary care. In 2006, Dr. Klass spoke at the White House Conference on Global Literacy, where Reach Out and Readwas the only United States program presented. She has also spoken at the UNESCO Regional Literacy Conferences in Qatar and Mali in 2007, and has made presentations at hospitals and medical centers around the United States.

Dr. Klass has received numerous awards for her work as a pediatrician and educator. In 2007, she received the American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award, which recognized her for educational contributions that have had a broad and positive impact on the health and well being of children. The Academy particularly cited her work with Reach Out and Read. She lives in New York City with her husband, history professor Larry Wolff. They have three children.

She is the brother of screenwriter David Klass. Her uncle was Philip Klass, who wrote science fiction under the name William Tenn.

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Total Books: 38
Second Impact
2014 - Second Impact (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781250044365
ISBN-10: 1250044367
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult

A Not Entirely Benign Procedure Revised Edition Four Years as a Medical Student
Baby Doctor Revised Edition A Pediatrician's Training
2010 - Baby Doctor Revised Edition a Pediatrician's Training (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781607144526
ISBN-10: 1607144522

The Mercy Rule
2009 - The Mercy Rule (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780547237848
ISBN-10: 0547237847
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

Treatment Kind and Fair Letters to a Young Doctor
2008 - Treatment Kind and Fair Letters to a Young Doctor [Letters to a Young...] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780465037780
ISBN-10: 046503778X
Genres: Medicine, Medical Books
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

The Mercy Rule A Novel
2008 - The Mercy Rule a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780618555963
ISBN-10: 061855596X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Every Mother Is a Daughter
Every Mother Is a Daughter The Neverending Quest for Success Inner Peace and a Really Clean Kitchen
2006 - Every Mother Is a Daughter the Neverending Quest for Success Inner Peace and a Really Clean Kitchen [Recipes and Knitting Patterns Included] (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780345477187
ISBN-10: 0345477189
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

The Mystery of Breathing
2005 - The Mystery of Breathing (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780618562077
ISBN-10: 0618562079
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

Two Sweaters for My Father Writing about Knitting
2004 - Two Sweaters for My Father Writing About Knitting (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781893762220
ISBN-10: 189376222X
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

Quirky Kids  Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry
Love and Modern Medicine  Stories
2001 - Love and Modern Medicine Stories (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780618109609
ISBN-10: 0618109609
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

A Not Entirely Benign Procedure  Four Years As A Medical Student
1994 - A Not Entirely Benign Procedure Four Years As a Medical Student (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780452272583
ISBN-10: 0452272580
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Medicine
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Other Woman's Children
1992 - Other Woman's Children (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780517094587
ISBN-10: 0517094584
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Taking Care of Your Own Parenthood and the Medical Mind
1992 - Taking Care of Your Own Parenthood and the Medical Mind [The Grand Rounds Press Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781879736085
ISBN-10: 187973608X
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Medicine

Other Women's Children
1991 - Other Women's Children (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780804108577
ISBN-10: 0804108579
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

1991 - Recombinations (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780452265783
ISBN-10: 0452265789
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.

I Am Having an Adventure
1987 - I Am Having an Adventure [Plume] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780452259317
ISBN-10: 0452259312
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Not Entirely Benign Procedure Four Years As a Medical Student
1987 - A Not Entirely Benign Procedure Four Years As a Medical Student (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780399132230
ISBN-10: 0399132236
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Martha Quest
1970 - Martha Quest [Children of Violence] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780452261242
ISBN-10: 0452261244
Genre: Literature & Fiction