The Uncertain Art

  • by Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long-time physician Sherwin B. Nuland presents a provocative and stimulating collection of stories illustrating the vagaries of medical practice over the years. Among the fascinating and probing questions that Nuland investigates are:
What does the first Hippocratic Oath really mean?

What happens when knowledge comes before we're ready for it?

Why does major surgery using only acupuncture work?

Is there really sympathy between the organs of the body?

What happens when someone yells, "Is there a doctor in the house?" and you are the doctor?

What goes through the mind of a heart transplant candidate who doesn't make it?


What the Critics Say

"Nuland is a gifted and deeply intelligent writer." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Nuland writes with unsentimental passion." (Time)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

the emperor has no clothes

some valuable insights in medical ethics and bioethics.....buried in 8 tedious hours of pomposity
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- Bill

A Bit Dry

I think the written reviews I see here a bit harsh. Yes, there are no car crashes or flashy stories to go along with the medical philosophizing that Nuland does here--but who says we always have to be entertained in order to think or to be educated? If one has something in the way of above average attention span (the average attention span being so short to start), much can be gleaned from The Uncertain Art. I would not rank it with Selzer, Sachs or Groopman, but it does have intellectual merits of its own. It just isn't a rollercoaster ride.
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- Douglas "College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio