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Siddhartha Mukherjee is a gifted story teller, a clinician who can navigate with utmost ease, zooming in and out of the daily practice of clinical medicine. His observations regarding practice of medicine in this book are insightful and provide a wholesome perspective, useful to a medical student, intern or a resident to shape his approach to medicine.
However, compared to the expectations set by Dr. Mukherjee's previous work The Emperor of all Maladies, the current book may not be of as much interest to a general (non-medical) audience.
At times the narrative seems to repeat- both in thoughts and quotes from the previous book. The "conclusions" that are drawn in this book from observing the patterns in clinical practice, are many a times so "obvious" to a clinician that the book may fail to stand to its own promising nomenclature as "the laws" of medicine.
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I have read some of the authors books. This one is not as informative. Basically the message is that doctors often do not know what they are doing because they have little scientific studies that proves or nullified what they are doing. It is often a hit and miss process with quite a few failures that medical doctors would believe would be helpful. One of the best examples was the long belief that radical mastectomy were the only way to help women with breast cancer. 1000new if not hundred of thousands of one had it done to them in the past. According to the author they are a!most never done today.
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