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DoctorsDoctors: 06/15/07

I'm continuing with May's nonfiction trend. June seems to be heavy on medical books, both fiction and nonfiction. Doctors, is a series of essays (newspaper articles, I think) about different Canadian doctors. A variety of skills and fields are covered in this book but the author's own interpretations of his interviewees' perspectives gets in the way. While reading the book I felt too much like a captive audience forced to listen to O'Malley's views on life, politics, religion and so forth. O'Malley's essays fall into a common trap of nonfiction writing; he makes them too much about himself rather than the people he's covering.

I did come away learning a few things about doctors. I learned that the medical profession has a higher than average suicide rate (except among pediatricians who are the happiest of the lot). Drug and alcohol abuse is high and self esteem among doctors sucks. Basically it's a high stress field with "no margin of error" (that quote comes from Lucky Man).

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Comment #1: Sunday, June, 10, 2007 at 16:50:55

Chris

I've heard of this and thought of reading it. It sounds very funny."