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20 January 2010

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I'm with you on having an attitude toward doctors, or anyone with an 80 hour a week job, who has time to write. Just finished Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science. Really? During his residency he decides to write this book??? He and I both were at ALA in Boston. He gave an 8:00 in the morning speech. I was at another meeting or in bed.

I look forward to reading this book especially, and I'm sorry if this is too much information, I prefer not to be under for as many medical procedures as possible.

Venta,
I really like Atul Gawande, and although "enjoyed" is the wrong word, I found that book "Complications" very interesting. But I totally agree. Scientific knowledge, a good memory, sufficient gutsiness to cut into people, and ALSO a way with words? That's not fair.

I prefer to be out for procedures, because I am a wuss, and my soft animal body brings new meaning to the word "tense" while I'm awake. But for most procedures you don't get the choice, so awake it usually is.

How was ALA??!? I hope you had fun!

Also on my to read list. I am now even happier that it's there than i was before :)

I will add this to TBR! I work in healthcare so I am interested in reading medical non-fiction, memoir in particular.

A couple of other books I find great are (and easy to read):


Something for the Pain (One Doctor's Account of Life and Death in the ER) by Paul Austin.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel by Michael Collins. He has a second book too Blue Collar Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon. While I enjoyed the first book better for personal reasons, the second book is also worthwhile reading.

Beth,
I'll be interested to hear what you say about this one. It's very different, in tone and writing style. But different interesting.

Christa,
I salute you for working in healthcare. I simply COULD NOT DO IT. I hope you find this book interesting too.

And thank you for the suggestions! I can only read 1 or 2 medical books a year, but the Michael Collins book sounds intriguing. I did read part of the Paul Austin book and found that very interesting as well--but I couldn't keep reading it because it was too real! I think this Orange Wire book appealed because it was realistic, but also kind of reflective and removed.

While I work in healthcare, I'm not a doctor or a nurse though, just an allied health staff :) Hot Lights, Cold Steel (first book) is similar to the Paul Austin book with some real patients stories, as it is about his resident years at Mayo Clinic. His 2nd book, actually is a "prequel" as it talks more about why he decided to go to med school at a relatively "old age" (compared to other med students) so in that sense it is a bit more inspirational but less real.

Christa,
It doesn't matter to me. If you work anywhere NEAR health care, you're a stronger woman than I.

I've often wondered if people ever go to med school when they're "older," and why. I think both of Collins's books sound interesting!

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