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National Book Award–winner Nuland (How We Die) turns over his latest collection to the stories of more than a dozen specialists describing their most memorable patients. What is extraordinary about Nuland's compilation is not the medical heroics but the instances of fallibility and vulnerability that prove the doctor is not just human but caring. A bronchoscopist tells of a famed thoracic surgeon who botches a procedure to recover a small cap a child has swallowed Well, chappies, he chirped, here's my chance to demonstrate the procedure again. Rather like a double feature at the cinema, yes? When that, too, fails, the frustrated surgeon must do major surgery to rectify what should have been a 10-minute fix. Even the scoundrel who gets a nurse fired rather than be caught in his own impropriety shows a recognizable humanity in his hilarious retelling of barging into a procedure unwashed and unwanted, and being chased from the premises by a mad-as-hell surgeon. Nuland adds his own commentary after many of the stories, but it's just window dressing. Here's medicine as it's actually practiced—by humans awed by the privilege of both their practice and patients.(Apr.)
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The surgeon's tale --
The family physician's tale --
The dermatologist's tale --
The gastroenterologist's tale --
The obstetrician-gynecologist's tale --
The ophthalmologist's tale --
The cardiologist's tale --
The pediatric cardiologist's tale --
The anesthesiologist's tale --
The neurosurgeon's tale(s) --
The chest surgeon's tale(s) --
The medical student's tale --
The geriatrician's tale(s) --
The bronchoscopist's tale --
The internist's tale --
The surgeon's second tale --
The nephrologist's tale --
The neurologist's tale(s) --
The urologist's tale --
The pediatrician's tale --
The narrator's tale.
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ISBN-10:  1607140551
ISBN-13:  978-1607140559
Author:  Sherwin Nuland
Genre:  Biography
Publisher:  Kaplan Publishing
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From: www.BasilAndSpice.com  Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!    A FirstLook Book Review: The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside (Kaplan/ Apr 2009) by Sherwin B. Nuland    In a twist on his usual style, Sherwin Nuland has penned a rather unusual collection of medical stories. Gathered during his thirty years in practice, and presented in the fashion of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Nuland takes readers inside the hospitals of our country, …
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