Written with both emotion and objectivity, Complications is a fascinating look at the practice of modern medicine. Through actual case histories, Gawande marvels over the successes and admits the shortcomings of today's doctors, attempting all the while to explain that they are merely human beings, capable of faults but trying, often selflessly, to reduce the suffering of other human beings. Probably best for the science-savvy, or at least the 'ER' crowd, as it is rife with clinical explanations which, though excellent and accessible, may bore the average reader. Inspiring and humbling. (I am, by the way, neither a doctor nor a relative of one.)
I have never known someone to go so far out of his way to tell you how humble he is or to tell you about the clever things he thinks in such an "I'm so clever, don't you think?" sort of way as Feynman does, but about half the writings are still pretty interesting. The narrator has a habit of speaking slowly & then very rapidly, kind-of like Martin Scorsese talks, which lends Feynman an annoying voice. Listen to the sample to see of it bothers you.
I am very annoyed to find that this audio collection does not contain some of Clarke's most memorable works, including "The Lion of Comarre," "A Meeting With Medusa," "The Rescue Party," and perhaps the most famous of all, "The Star." The last two are mentioned by name in the "Publisher's Note," for gosh sakes! These particular stories are the reason I bought this collection, so I am quite dissatisfied.
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