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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a remarkable book of personal stories, essays, poetry, and self-reflections. It is divided into different sections, and the divisions start one thinking, but the essence is in the individual works. This is not an update, but another in a series of heartfelt collections.
Purpose: The book is an outlet for those in medicine to express their long-held thoughts, frustrations, pride in their service and sacrifice. The objectives are completely pure and human. The editors chose well.
Audience: This book is for everyone: physicians, students, patients, and families. The authors are all in medicine — they are those who have worried, sweated, and given of themselves.
Features: The uniqueness of the book lies in the uniqueness of each story. It is the collective essence of modern American medicine with authors of every race, ethnic background, and politic leaning expressing their hopes, dreams, self-doubts, frustrations, compromises, and successes.
Assessment: This is a book to read slowly, with time to reflect on what one has read and why this author chose to tell this story. Everyone in the practice of medicine owes the authors thanks for telling all our stories. It is one of a kind and should be savored.