Peter Berczeller was born in Austria in 1931. He spent part of his childhood in France, after the Nazi takeover of his native country. Before his retirement, he was a practicing internist in New York City for 32 years. He is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. He lives with his wife and dog in the Dordogne, in France. His book, Doctors and Patients: What We Feel About You (Macmillan) gathered favorable notice, notably in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. He has also recently published a memoir, The Little White Coat, in German translation in Vienna.