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DON'T BUY THE KINDLE VERSION
on September 15, 2014
I bought this book for a med school class, and decided to buy the kindle version for convenience. Big mistake. The kindle version is basically a PDF of the book, but only readable in the kindle apps. Of course, that means it is impossible to read on most mobile devices (screen too small), so you can only read it on a desktop or laptop. Unfortunately, the Kindle App for Macs is terribly slow (and hasn't been updated in almost two years). Reading this book on the Mac Kindle app is a nightmare.
As to the content of the book, it has it's ups and downs. This book is written as a historical narrative, with diagrams and data as it goes along. This is an interesting approach, and certainly helpful when understanding the historical course of science and discovery. But it is an agonizing way to get up to speed with the current knowledge. While understanding the controversies and historical legacies does contribute to that goal, this book focuses way too much on those aspects. Med school is busy, and this book does not keep up with the pace.