I agree with the author that overdiagnosis is a real problem that harms a good number of people, but I don't necessarily agree that the solution is to avoid diagnostic technology. The book is thoughtful and well constructed, that said, it is somewhat monotonous. It's a killer magazine article, but for the casual reader is a bit thin for for a book.
Would you like to see how long you can string out clumsy and unnecessary exposition? I will explain Cricket on the Hearth in 4 words:
Well organized, thoughtfully written, but if you're reading in the space, absolutely no new information. This is a book I'll recommend to readers who aren't already reading blogs and books covering similar topics. I did like the presentation as hopeful without being fervent.
Good ideas belabored. I respect that they raised counter arguments. I'm happy there's a practicum for "Thinking Fast and Slow", but I'd like more examples in less detail.
This book is very dependent on drawings, graphs and equations, and although the offer has kept it to a minimum, you can't follow large parts of the book purely from audio. Somewhere in chapter 14 I broke down and got the paper book.
This book has some great laughs, and much credit goes to the narrator, who delivered the lines with aplomb. The book was squirm-worthy much of the time, and the topic was getting a little tired by the end, but enjoyed the book the whole way through, and found Mary Roach to be a unique voice in non-fiction writing.
Repetitious. Story editing is the golden hammer, and the author trots it out again and again after dissing the competition. He may be right, but the idea gets stretched thin, and I was losing interest before the book was done.
Would you like to hear about warring academic camps, or would you rather understand in detail how Bayes was applied to solve the problems mentioned in the title? If it's the latter, you'll be disappointed.
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