The book asks a few profound questions on medicine, its practitioners and recipients. It reveals some key questions that confront the discipline but not many are willing to discuss openly. For instance in most societies mistakes of doctors are taken as if they do not exist or only made by bad doctors. But as the author noted doctors are humans and humans are fallible, well common sense but not that common.
The last part on uncertainty is extremely thought provoking. It hits resonance with a few books I have recently read, not least Antifragile by Nassim where the subject of decision making in an uncertain environment is explored.
Overall, a well written book and recommended....Continua
It was the first and only time I went to Harvard medical school and was also had my first exposure of medical fiction. I like this book. It brings humanity to a sciencific professio.
I was expecting to learn more about the life of being a surgeon and the trials and tribulations. Unfortunately this book was nothing about that. It seemed to discuss more about the areas of medicine where surgery fails terribly - the management of nausea, pain and gastric banding. The only saving grace was the few patient anecdotes that were included here and there....Continua