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I really enjoyed this book. The author does an excellent job of laying the science of medicine out on the table and frankly discussing its shortfalls. There are so many interesting stories, and half of them I've seen on the hit show "Gray's Anatomy" (or is it Grey's?). In any case, this was a very good read.
As a physician myself I found this a fascinating read. The anecdotes are dead on and the philosophical explanations behind his reasonings make one think. Medicine is an imperfect science. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in medicine or an interest in trying to understand how doctors think.
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Should be mandatory reading for anyone who is a patient. Incredible and horrifying some of the things you'll realize. Explained a lot of why some of the doctors Ive been to in the past were so ignorant and uncooperative. (p 210-211)
Dr. Gawande is a great storyteller. He carries you through complex medical situations and keeps you interested as he weaves personal anecdotes with sage advice on how to better the practice of medicine.
Very interesting read. Everyone should read this book if there is any chance that they would ever be a patient - that means everyone. It helps you understand that doctors are human and have all the falibilities that everyone else has. Doctors can make mistakes just like everyone else, unfortunately, those mistakes can have serious consequences. The scariest part of the book is when he talks about how bad doctors are a policing other doctors who are making serious mistakes on a routine basis. This has always been the serious downside of medicine and no one has come up with a solution to this problem yet. The stories he tells are very interesting.
A technical book that provides the reader with the perspective of those that provide medical treatment. Not a book you would likely read prior to going into the hospital for surgery, but interesting nonetheless.