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Paul

San Francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • How Doctors Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jerome Groopman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within 12 seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong: with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make.

    Audiophile says: "Disappointing"
    "Totally flat reader"
    Overall

    I really enjoy Jerome Groopman's columns in the New Yorker, but the book made him seem stiff, repetitive, and pompous. All the observations seemed trite and obvious and none of his case studies held my interest for their length. Even worse, the reader read everything in a flat monotone, reminiscent of a 1950s educational tape (e.g., "Your Friend, Aluminum"). Do not attempt this book while driving -- your mind will wander and you will fall asleep.

    The best parts of the book are Groopman's discussing his own (rather than other doctors') experiences; particularly interesting was his description of his article on Cox-2 inhibitors, which kicked off much of the enthusiasm for those drugs in the US.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (491)

    In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.

    Case says: "Hotly debated new theories, but NOT revisionism"
    "Disappointed that this was only available abridged"
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    This is the sort of book where I'm astounded an abridgement exists; I would not have purchased it had I realized it wasn't the full book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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