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The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year
by Matt McCarthy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Another front-row seat to residency, March 3, 2015
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Having lived through vicariously through medical residency program (through my spouse), the episodes of self-doubt, euphoria, indifference, confidence, helplessness, forced detachment, and a milieu of other emotional states portrayed in this first-person account not only rings true but also provided additional context to those experiences. Using a (curated) set of cases/episodes, McCarthy is able to tell a very engaging, informative and entertaining account of the residency years. Of course, The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital by Samuel Shem, M.D. [MassMarket(1980/12/15)] is the classic satire that gave perhaps the first view of residency programs to the general audience; expanded in more targeted manner by memoirs such as On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency. Gawande's books typically include his experiences as a trainee as well. This one, however, is more on the personal growth, forcing one to root for the protagonist as if it were a real life drama (it is of course, real life, perhaps aided by the freedom to accelerate the timeline for the events). While living through the rookie mistakes, emotional growth, and professional growth, a reader gets to marvel (or be alarmed) at the fact that how well a physician is trained so dependent on the emotional and professional skill of the trainer..with just a year or two separating their experience. Perhaps no other industry sees this dynamic. Along with that appreciation, a reader gets to learn a few details on hospital procedures, differential diagnoses, and a real life case study on aspects described in How Doctors Think. Overall, a good read. 4.5*


When the Cypress Whispers
When the Cypress Whispers
by Yvette Manessis Corporon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.92
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nature and History to the rescue...., March 3, 2015
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This is a zone-out novel. This Cypress doesn't even whisper originality. But, thankfully, the setting is beautiful and the novel lives off it; as a tourism promotion, this will be an ideal add-on. The historical contexts that add to that charm as well. Unfortunately, what ties together the scenic beauty and the historical contexts is a typical love story with the usual twists on family relations. The writing is good, almost poetic when it comes to describing anything other than the characters; can evoke a zone-out feeling to vicariously visit these places almost immediately. For that effect alone, this novel is not going to be a 1 star.


Dust
Dust
by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.68
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique narrative style, requiring significant effort...(worthwhile), March 3, 2015
This review is from: Dust (Hardcover)
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Some novels let you zone out and entertain, others force you to stay more alert and think - Dust is a poster-child for the latter. With more poetry than narration, fragmented sentence constructions, significant use of native languages, dizzyingly challenging chronology, Dust forces you to invest a lot in it. The effort is mostly worth it; the numerous sub-plots allow you to put together a giant floor puzzle, sometimes not knowing the intricate details (due to the language). Overall, a novel that can be appreciated both for the unique "narrative" style than the story itself. (for me, it required a few restarts just to get the momentum to get used to the style - all readers may not have that patience)


A Bad Character: A novel
A Bad Character: A novel
by Deepti Kapoor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars A different story from the sub-continent - perhaps a bit too different, March 2, 2015
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Despite the freshness of the plot, the atypical narrative style, and the lack of even character names makes it difficult to relate to the characters nor the other 'character' - Delhi. The "Memento"-like overwhelmingly dark narration portrays a decidedly "seedy" viewpoint; very often you can find only what you look for - this novel is an example of that. The fairly high effort required to plod through the initial chapters due to the unconventional narrative style makes a reader wonder if Identity exploration needs to be this complicated and so much fixated on sex and drugs. For the boldness in narrative style and very different themes from the subcontinent, this is a OK read.


The Illusionists: A Novel
The Illusionists: A Novel
by Rosie Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars Writing about magic is not the same as creating magic with words..., March 1, 2015
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An ambitious attempt to convey magic and illusion through words falls unfortunately flat due to numerous (too many) sub-plots resolving in a dizzying pace, while the plot itself chugs along in sometimes meandering ways. The cast, a very diverse set, is brought to life with realistic fervor and gentle character development - the main conflict being competition for attention and differing expectations of relations with one key character. The narration, trying to amplify the "magical" nature of the theatre, is a hit-or-miss; sections transport a reader to a Victorian ambience...and others just leave you scratching your head... this uneven impact of narration, mostly due to challenges in verbalizing illusions, perhaps indicates the ambition of the author; a patient reader can appreciate it, even if they will not be able enjoy it consistenty.


Timex Women's TW2P653009J Weekender Analog Display Analog Quartz Blue Watch
Timex Women's TW2P653009J Weekender Analog Display Analog Quartz Blue Watch

4.0 out of 5 stars good choice for teens/juniors for casual wear, March 1, 2015
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With the simple design, reversible strap (and easiness to swap out the strap for anything of one's choice), this is a good design for casual wear for teens; at this price, one could've expected to see a date/day included instead of the military hours imprinted below the "hour" label. The strap design is not gaudy and the "tween" trying out this watch found plenty of ways to use this watch as an accessory. May be of limited appeal for professional women. The box this comes in is fairly thin and it came with plenty of dings; be aware of this if you plan to send it directly as a gift. The watch stand it comes with is average-looking.


TP-LINK UH700 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, 5Gbps Transfer Rate with 12V/2.5A Power Adapter, 1-Meter USB 3.0 Cable, Plug and Play
TP-LINK UH700 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, 5Gbps Transfer Rate with 12V/2.5A Power Adapter, 1-Meter USB 3.0 Cable, Plug and Play
Offered by Network Giant
Price: $29.99
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low profile hub with high performance... and a giant power adapter, February 24, 2015
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With its low profile, reliable USB 3 ports and the sheer number of ports, this is an excellent buy at the current listed price. For under 30$, this is good value, if you can ignore the fairly large power adapter that comes with it. When all ports are occupied, intermittent slowing of large size files were noted (I mostly use this to create multiple backups simultaneously; for this purpose, this has been a very reliable hub). Time will tell if this performance holds up. Close to 4 weeks into this hub, no complaints so far. 4.5*


Weight Training For Dummies
Weight Training For Dummies
by LaReine Chabut
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars True to the Dummy series, this one educates with humor, February 24, 2015
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Chabut has been able to retain all the classic elements of the "Dummy" series.. to-the-point information, excellent structure and modularity, gradual build-up, actionable plans and humor to boot. The book provides a succinct discussion on the role of weight training in overall fitness and a good approach to baseline/test your fitness level before you embark on a new regimen. Chabut also contrasts/compares the different settings for weight training (home/clubs) - some of it (gym etiquette, for example) will come across as absolute common-sense. The discussion on the different muscle groups and targeted exercises for them is perhaps the best part of the book. In addition, the basic workouts and 20 min workouts are a very useful addition. While a couple of later chapters will not apply for all readers (targeting babyboomers, moms/teens, etc), the overall content is an excellent starting point to understand how to go about adding weight training in your regimen. (It has helped me integrate weight training - not consistent yet - in my usual regimen of racquetball, yoga, and walking). There is a 20 min video associated with the book that covers most of the techniques, and there are plenty of instructional videos that are freely available - this book will guide you on what to seek...


The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age
The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age
by Robert M. Wachter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.78

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Calibrating the role of IT in medicine - without rosy glasses, February 20, 2015
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In a very nuanced and balanced approach, Wachter delineates how IT and medicine are "awkward companions". While embracing the potential of wearables and patient-controlled devices to change healthcare delivery, Wachter balances that potential with the hard lessons from EMR implementations to provide a moderating effect on the digitization of medicine narrative. For the most part, he succeeds.

In the initial parts, the author highlights key developments in the notion of "iPatient" - and how medical notes and teleradiology have in itself made significant changes. The short history of medical notes is an interesting read, especially how it is being leveraged as a proxy on doctor-patient relations. The discussion on teleradiology brings to surface key issues on workflow and cultural changes within the provider community; let alone the cost/utilization implications.

Using extensive examples from EMR implementation, Wachter highlights the key technical barriers involved in clinical decision making, the cultural adjustments required of both clinicians and IT designers, and the need for a more realistic expectations. He focuses mostly on issues related to error detection and the use of various hierarchies of warnings in these systems - and how they end up creating alert fatigues that becomes counter productive. This discussion, along with his views on "irony of automation" is well worth the read. His earlier works, Understanding Patient Safety, Second Edition and Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes have focused extensively on medical errors; it is not surprising he uses this context to elaborate his thoughts on the role of IT. The author systematically explains the HiTECH act, its intent, its evolution and the key challenges very succinctly without any overt political framing. A good portion of the book is devoted to emerging technologies like IBM's Watson (almost written with abandon cheer-leading). The most well thought out section, however, is a great comparative study of Epic and Athena Health - and how their paradigms provide very different ways to evolve to a "tethered patient record'.

Overall, the wide range of topics covered and the use of medical errors and generating tethered patient records as the core narrative context, allows a reader to gain a wider appreciation of the EMR world, the challenges in expanding to other data sources, and the cultural barriers one need to be mindful in setting expectations. That is a far cry from the optimism expressed in books like The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands; but nevertheless an excellent calibration of the potential and the challenges. The almost narrow focus on medical errors gives the book a decidely provider-centric approach; hence the author is unable to expand on implications from potential adoption of approaches such as HealthKit and other ecosystem changes such as retail clinics that can increase access to care but could hamper any single entity having a complete view of the patient. Overall, an informative read.


Seek LW-AAA Thermal Imaging Camera Lightning Connector for iOS Devices, Black
Seek LW-AAA Thermal Imaging Camera Lightning Connector for iOS Devices, Black
Price: $249.00
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quickly moves beyond the cool factor even for the average home owner..., February 20, 2015
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With its small size, easiness to operate (worked perfectly well with iPads as well), ability to take videos and thermal/regular pictures, consistent performance, this is an excellent device that can go beyond the "cool/wow factor" for even the average homeowner. In this really snowy winter, this device was an excellent tool to help assess leakages in pipes, insulation breakdowns, identifying where to add insulation around windows/doors and act as a truth meter for my regular thermostat.... Just being able to get a detailed view of the thermal circulation in each room and archiving it through videos and pictures - to analyze what needs to be done where...and then check the effect of any changes being made - is a great service. The price tag may put some potential buyers off... but even for a single thorough energy audit (not the free one from the utility that gives out some LED bulbs), this unit more than pays off well. The learning curve for all features is a bit steep, but one will understand 80-90% of functionalities intuitively. Overall, an excellent value.


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