What happened that changed the priest - the revered healer of antiquity - into a person of science? How was the modern doctor made?
Physician is Rajeev Kurapati’s earnest attempt to answer this question and others central to the practice of medicine. For instance, how have the advances of medical technology influenced society’s perception of death? How do physicians balance thinking with feeling when dealing with critically ill patients? How do we meet the needs of patients seeking a personal connection to their doctor in what may seem to be an emotionally deficient medical landscape? Is it possible to overcome some of the compromises we’ve had to make along the way? What is the promise of modern medicine and its limitations? And notably, as medical care becomes more and more digitized and automated, will the medical degree - a universal badge of respectability - continue to hold value?
Dr. Kurapati, a practicing hospital physician, succeeds in gracefully exploring the depths of what it really means to be a doctor - and a patient - at this time in our human history, and his blueprint for building a stronger future of health care is an important and valuable one.
What made the experience of listening to Physician the most enjoyable?
Listening to the opinion of an Individual who wishes to assert that a human is still superior to
a AI program in diagnosing and treating a patient.
What other book might you compare Physician to and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
It is not type of book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it was interesting.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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Where does Physician rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is one of the best in the genre of non-fiction medical. So many books drone one with fact after fact, this provides narrative and a solid understanding of what it takes to be a competent practitioner.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Rather than a favorite character, I have a favorite story. While a focus of the book is a historical recounting of milestones in science, what impacted me the most was a story about a man who starting asking, "Why Me?" As a physician, one doesn't expect to get that question and in many cases, the doctor feels it is not their question to answer. But when a doctor takes the time to address the question because the patient asks it, they find they might struggle to find an answer. In the story, the doctor brings in a man of religion, one who is readily able to help the patient understand what is going on. While the patient's condition does not necessarily improve immediately, their outlook and well being does. This book addresses some of the very hard questions, the ones without concrete answers or a clinical trial backed with data, rather, the book returns us to what it means to be human.
What does Braden Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Braden Wright is articulate and well versed in the medical nomenclature. Nothing feels like fingernails on a chalkboard than mispronunciations, but with some French and other languages, Braden showed an ability to clearly narrate the medical language in an engaging and well-paced way.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Back to the story above, I had a "could I have answered that if a patient asked me that question?" reaction to the "Why me?" story from the patient. I felt also that I could start to answer it for the patient and even myself.
Any additional comments?
In medical training, it seems there is never enough time to get everything in. As AI comes to the fore and this book talks about some of those advances at the end, I look forward to a time when the physician's back will not be to the patient as they type out another copy and paste note on the EHR, but that the physician will be at the bedside, speaking face-to-face with the patient, and re-engage with the human in the room. This book will help that physician make that transition.
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