This is a thoughtful, engaging and entertaining account of a doctor's experiences with the imperfect art of practicing medicine. It makes you think about human decision making, ethics, medical mistakes, the psychology of healing, etc. If only all doctors (and people) were as sensitive and thoughtful as Atul Gawande. I would recommend it to almost anyone because many of the topics apply to situations outside of medicine. If you like this book or want to read something similar I enjoyed, "Better," Gawande's newer book just as much or more.
I loved almost every page of this book and can't wait to listen to it again slower, so I can remember more of the nifty experiments the author used to study psychology, economics, and the fundamentals of how we think (irrationally!). Ever bought something "on sale" that you don't need? Ever taken home something from a conference or a fair just because it's free? Need a deadline to finish projects? This book helps you understand these questions and helps to answer them.
This is the best book I've read in this genre since Freakonomics.
The sheer danger and adventure that Roosevelt and his men sought in the Amazon was amazing to learn about. I have not "read" much biography and it made me feel closer to such an interesting president and fascinating man.
The details of the trip began to bore me however, and it was difficult to listen to for more than an hour at a time. I don't know how many times the author listed the numbers of boats, how much they weighed, etc. Maybe that's the genre or maybe it's lack of editing. I had a hard time getting through but am the better for it.
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