Description: This collection of stories, poetry, and philosophy on the art of medicine includes those of the ancients, the twentieth century, and the moderns. It is extraordinarily well written and in its second edition, the first published in 2009.
Purpose: As the title suggests, the book invites thought and reflection on how medicine evolved and where we should be looking for it to go. The stories are not just random musings, but are well chosen for defining the art of medicine caring for patients outside of the political and social agendas, just plainly caring for patients. Dr. Colgan has given us a valuable and unique guide.
Audience: This book is for every student and practitioner in medicine or nursing as well as all who wish to understand medicine. The author is a well-respected educator and clinician.
Features: Each of the sections on the various eras contains valuable stories from Hammurabi, Hippocrates, Rhazes, Maimonides, Nightingale, Osler, and many other, unsung clinicians. These are followed by advice and challenges to current clinicians on how to care for themselves while caring for others.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book, one which may be overlooked by many in the crush of everyday practice, but which will help many put the challenges and problems of the field of medicine into proper perspective.