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Educational equalizing empowering
These lectures enable any patient interested in understanding the process between physicians and their experiences - to communicate in a different way with medical professionals. This insight is invaluable. Enjoyment of the lectures, in part, comes from the case study story-telling approach. We can all relate to at least some of the patients in the stories. Medical knowledge is not a prerequisite. However with a little concentration anyone listening to these lectures will come away with knowledge that can change every encounter one has with doctors, and decisions.
He has an obvious passion for teaching and for the "mystery" of successfully solving every patients' condition. At times he presents with so much excitement it is like listening to a mystery novel. Yet, as most good fictional novels do, these non-fiction lectures, educate, almost without the listener realizing so.
I simply enjoyed it. I garnered tools to improve communications in the medical arena. Certain recountings were very sad - some rather thrilling! Yet the point was, if only there had been earlier, more mutual communicating... Lessons? Patients be honest. Physicians care and be curious and lives can be saved.
"Sir William Osler M.D., said 'The good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient who has the disease.' Cancer is a complex illness that can present in many ways.... Even when things turn bleak, there is always something a physician can do to help the patient - to help with comfort - to help ease a patient's journey, even when we cannot stop her disease."
--Roy Benaroch. M.D.Emory University School of Medicine
I spend time at Emory and know too many doctors frenetically working at Emory (and of course other facilities) who might want to spend some time back in the university, not teaching, but listening with the first year medical students to remember why they became doctors and how much they hold power to comfort or discourage, even fatally, every one of their patients.
I did actually listen to most of it twice, in 24 hours. It's a very-well woven story and it's easy to forget it's non-fiction and in what one might think would be a "heavy" genre. I did learn a lot and will forever think of vaccines differently. Much more than a personal choice.
She fits the writing and narrates with that flow that makes one forget it's not the author telling her tale.
This book reads a lot like a journal, a bit like mythology, a bit like philosophy... and it is a fresh take on a topic not often covered. It is never over-the-top on density. It is easy to understand without any "talking down" to the reader. Much more than I expected for what possibly does not sound like a fascinating topic. Excellent writing. Impressive detail attention to providing sources. Clearly well-researched yet presented in a captivating "story" style.
I would absolutely recommend this book. I literally could not stop listening to it. It's one of the best "page-turners" I have experienced in years. It reads like fiction while informing factually. The writing is also simply brilliant. The story is so well told. And there are, if one listens, some very witty lines interspersed in a serious tale. Actually a scary scary tale because it's not fiction.
This book is better than any fictional conspiracy novel could hope to be. No need to know the ins-and-outs of pharmacology of finances to follow and truly enjoy this book.
It is very well done. The next book I heard made me want her back again.
I've no idea why this book is on the top of many lists. I've looked for a good thriller for weeks and weeks and found it in non-fiction with this title.
No but would recommend other titles in the series
It could do well
Skip this one if reading series
Characters, location. Good plots not too intricate. Worthwhile easy listening.
Am gradually reading all titles in the series. Not too intense, just easy decent reads.
She is a very good fit for the lead character and does an overall good job. Pleasing.
Murder in Alaskan Wilderness
Not the strongest ever crime mystery genre series but has me listening to title-after-title
Educational yet well-told. Excellent writing and narrating.
The last chapter should be a major wake up call in the midst of an Ebola outbreak we cannot vaccinate in time.
Where are we now? Why are we doing nothing? This book indicated a true concern a decade ago. Why are we not vaccinating again NOW? It is too late once there is an outbreak and small pox is too widely held, too easily a terrorist weapon.
The first quarter of the book when the writing was impressive and character development intriguing. The narrator was wonderful throughout the book!
Too many that have promise and fall apart.
Joe, until I could not stand him another minute. Lesson? Quit when I know it has all eroded. Stop wasting time to see these books through.
It COULD have been really great. Perhaps it needed to be "a wrap" by the end of the third quarter. It devolved into sloppy writing and what seemed like unedited/proofed rewriting, some characters just disappeared others diminished. The plot became tedious although initially was quite thrilling. It felt as if the author had a contract to write more pages! Tortuously, he did. Predictable end. "It could have been ..." Another "if only... " waste of time – this title.
Probably as it was very well done.
Everyone could take away important lessons from this very easy to take-in book. Authors master the power of story telling as an excellent non-fiction approach to producing an approachable product.
Not Quite There--OR--Well Worth Reading
I like him very much.
I enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to reading the next one. Made me think and was simultaneously a relaxing read.
Character development impressive. Real science and moral issues. Pace easy not an intense thriller so perhaps billed inappropriately (over sold) by publisher?
No. I read the next title in this series first and learned absolutely nothing in this book that I did not learn in the one that follows it. The newer book is also a better read just in general.The characters have been better developed and I like the characters; they are the strength of this series. This book is a waste of time.
No, unless I was looking to find new friends.
There were scenes?
I hope not.
I do not know.
Not sure but I liked him.
Yes but in half the time. It had a decent idea, characters are good but just went on-and-on without any accretive contributions. Would have been twice as pleased if it had been half as long.
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