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01 January 2008

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Derek

Atul Gawande is a good writer. He published a more extensive article about medical checklists in a recent issue of the New Yorker(http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/12/10/071210fa_fact_gawande).

You may also have read his books "Complications" and "Better". He does a good job showing the complexity of medical practice and what it's like to be a physician. By the way, did you notice what hospital he's from?

For a more cynical view of medicine, try "House of God" - about the life of an intern during the 1970s in the other big hospital in town (Mass General).

bearing

I read House of God ages ago. Very memorable.

Occasionally I read medical blogs -- I don't have a particular favorite set, but I look for "Grand Rounds," the medical blog round up, from time to time.

Derek

Another good article I came across in the NYT that rings true about being a physician. Good quotes:

As of 2006, nearly 60 percent of doctors polled by the American College of Physician Executives said they had considered getting out of medicine because of low morale, and nearly 70 percent knew someone who already had.

One doctor responding to the American College of Physician Executives survey wrote: “I find it necessary about once every month or two to stay in bed for 24 to 48 hours. I do this on short notice when I get the feeling I might punch somebody.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/fashion/06professions.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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