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Declarations of a Dinosaur: 10 Laws I've Learned as a Family Doctor Hardcover – August 4, 2009
Top Customer Reviews
With wit and wisdom borne of years of experience treating patients in a solo private practice, Dr. Hornstein gives us an insider's view of the joys and triumphs of family practice medicine, and the obstacles that make her specialty a dying breed.
Healthcare in this country cannot survive without primary care physicians, and doctors like Lucy Hornstein are the beating heart of primary care.
This book should be required reading for any medical student considering a primary care specialty, because it not only gives us an unflinching view of the impending death of primary care, it also gives us hope that there might be life in it still.
Here's hoping her book will inspire a new generation of doctors to take up the torch.
This book covers everything, from tales of experience, side-splitting humor, and time-honored wisdom that only a practicing physician could deliver! It describes the human body and it's functions in a way I've never seen before, so while you're reading hilarious stories or touching memories, you get some kind of cool biology lesson with each bite.
Two notes of warning: There's a good deal of cursing in this book, as well as references to alcohol (non-medical reference is the kind I'm talking about, of course!), so I'd certainly put it up with a high PG-13/R rating, if it were a movie. I don't feel that the expletives were called for or helped the story to move along, but since the 15 and under crowd probably won't be reading this, anyways, it's probably a trivial note.
The second note should be well-heeded by readers of all ages, though. Don't buy this book if you're not interested in medicine and you have a weak stomach. Dr. Lucy does a beautifully tactful job of keeping things professional and upbeat, but as a lover of all-things-medicine, I know that what we can take in excess, many cannot take in moderation, so those who get queezy at the mention of blood, this certainly isn't for you!
Even with the above notes, I'd still say this is one of the best books I've purchased on Amazon.com, and I'm a total reading junkie!
This book is a wonderful expression of the practice and world of medicine, and Dr. Lucy makes a day in the life of a physician so real and tangible that you'll want to hug her at the end of the book...and perhaps consider becoming a medically prehistoric thing of beauty, too.
Thanks for the great read!
Unfortunately, her message was delivered, in my opinion, in a very annoying manner. For starters, there was the introduction, in which the author paints herself as a precocious child and unusually empathetic adult (which she may well be, but would a little humility kill you?), all delivered from an cliched 3rd person point of view. She also has an ongoing Marcus Welby theme--she seems to mention him about every other page. Apparently Dr. Welby is some kind of fictional character from a TV show. I'd never heard of him before reading this book and I bet most younger adults haven't either, so I found the constant references to him tedious and pointless. I was also annoyed by the presentation of apocryphal stories as if they really happened to the author. A plumber charged you $5 for turning a valve and $195 for knowing which to turn? Yeah, right. Give me a break.
Finally, I felt that the book was a little too dumbed-down and patronizing. Some of the descriptions of medical technology are oversimplified to the point of losing accuracy; her description of how MRI works, for example, is incorrect. There are better books out there that expose what's wrong with the current medical paradigm (Overdiagnosed by Welch, Schwartz and Woloshin is a much better pick).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author, Lucy Hornstein, has been my doctor for years. I've enjoyed her sharp mind and keen sense of humor, and got the book to explore another dimension of her expertise. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cliff Story