KEITH R. ABLOW, MD, is one of the younger physicians aiming to make a mark in medical communications. Not only is he the recipient of the American Medical Association's 1986 Jerry L. Pettis award for excellence in communicating science to the public, but he has also written a book for his peers, Medical School: Getting In, Staying In, Staying Human (Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1987) and served as a medical editor of Lifetime Medical Television.
After graduating magna cum laude in 1983 from Brown University, Providence, RI, where he was editor in chief of the student newspaper, the Brown Banner, Ablow entered Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His initial contact with medicine proved something of a shock: "The most frightening thing about the first year of medical school," he says, "wasn't any fear of failing anatomy or physiology. It was that I honestly believed during that year that I