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Internal Medicine Doctor

COLLEGEVILLE, PA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 156 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "An entertaining book for who want to get healthy"
    Where does Drop Dead Healthy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks pretty high on my list of favorate audiobooks

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked AJ's chemical avoiding aunt not because I am like that but because she admit that she is perceived as nutty.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked AJ's trial of the pole dancing class.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Medicine is broken. We like to imagine that it's based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature surrounding a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by industry.

    zerodynamics says: "A must read for health professionals"
    "Read this book before you prescribe again"
    What did you love best about Bad Pharma?

    The author pulls down the curtain of deception that has been held before our eyes by the drug makers. Here in one volume, the author tells the whole story of what they are really up to. There is no step in the process of bringing a drug to market that has not been corrupted. Step by step, the author systematically and thoroughly goes through all of the ways drug development and sales are adversely impacted by the drug industry.Very early in the book, I came realize that, because the medical literature is so corrupted, physicians (such as myself) do not have a true understand about the medicines we prescribe. We don't know if medicines are effective and we don't know if the cause more harm than good. Decades of research are called into question by the author. His conclusions are persuasive and kind of depressing. Much of what we think we know about the medicines on the market today is based on incomplete set of data leaving patients and their doctors in the dark about what this stuff is good for. The ray of hope here is that the author provides concrete recommendations to correct the problems he has discovered. After each major section of the book, he lists what he would do to fix this broken system. Example, to prevent publication bias. All drug studies should be registered and should be published. negative studies provide just as much data positive studies.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Pharma?

    The author exposes the problems of drug research that does not get published if the findings show the drug fails to work or produces adverse events.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book may make you depressed at first but then you get angry

    Any additional comments?

    This book should be a included in the core curriculum at every medical school in the world. Every doctor in training should know what the drug makers are up to and that they need to be put on guard. Every doctor who is already in practice should read it too. I have already suggested it no many colleagues.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewish Audio Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chaim Miller (translator)
    • Narrated By Dan Lenard

    The Jewish Audio Bible is a masterful delivery of the Kol Menachem Chumash (Gutnick Edition) - a much loved, best-selling translation of the Five Books of Moses, with readings from the Prophets (Haftarah cycle). The Jewish Audio Bible skillfully weaves classic Rabbinic interpretations into the translation, offering a timeless perception of the sacred text's multiple layers.

    Jacob says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "The simpleton English diminished it."
    What did you like best about The Jewish Audio Bible? What did you like least?

    Dan Leonard's voice is nice.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This translation uses very colloquial,common English I guess the reason for that was to make it more understandable to someone with a second grade vocabulary or has some sort of cognition defect. So it seems a little comical that G-d would say thinks like "get going!" I guess I am used to the torah being translated with archaic words like "Thou, art, hast. etc." This translation does abolish that sort of thing. The very basic vocab made the text tedious and repetitive. I would also have gotten rid of the advertising too!

    Have you listened to any of Dan Lenard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Any additional comments?

    I had never really read the whole Torah before and I was able to get through it with this audiobook wan't easy. It was like forcing my self to finish the vegetables on my plate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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