Actually a trade paperback edition.
The book takes the reader through the life of Dr. Lewis Thomas author of such great scientific books as The Lives of A Cell. He has a fun and interesting ability to tell a wonderful life story. He gives the reader a perspective on the challenges facing a doctor beyond the internship period. This is a great read even if you are not normally interested in the area of medicine. It has a human interest element as well as an education in life.
Part philosophy part science, part biography, altogether a great read. The reader learns the great strides the field of medicine has made in the 20th century and a glimpse of the challenges facing it in the future. It is an eye opening and pleasant read.