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5.0 out of 5 stars An insider's perspective which can help you be a more informed patient, May 20, 2007
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I'm always on the side of self-education when it comes to medical topics, especially in light of the current health care system and its looming problems. Gawande's skill is in writing movingly ab out all sorts of medical issues, including both failures and successes, in a way that illuminates the complexities of practicing medicine in today's world of HMOs, soaring premiums and more.

Some of his essays may appeal more to you than others but I urge you to read the entire book, as well as to get his other one, Complications. I've read medical memoirs that put me to sleep and have been baffled by how someone could take life and death situations and turn them into dry writing. This isn't the case here and you'll come away from the book with a stronger understanding of all the factors (and possible solutions) that make up the world of medicine, medical ethics and patient care today.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2007 6:24:40 AM PDT
Please let me correct your "Planter Fasciitis." The word is "Plantar" and your biography is interesting.
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Posted on Apr 13, 2008 2:23:20 PM PDT
Nice review! Well done indeed.
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