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Atul Gawande

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Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon in a Boston hospital, an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and the acclaimed author of BetterComplicationsThe Checklist Manifesto and Being Mortal.

The Doctor Stories

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This volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography. These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge.

The Doctor Stories

by William Carlos Williams
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The Book
This volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography. These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge.
What Atul Gawande says

The Doctor Stories is a collection of factual pieces by William Carlos Williams about his life as a doctor in New Jersey; the stories themselves are incredibly vivid and revealing.

The Lives of a Cell

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Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things. The result is a provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine.

The Lives of a Cell

by Lewis Thomas
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Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things. The result is a provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine.
What Atul Gawande says

I never thought I’d become a doctor / writer. I read Lewis Thomas’s ‘Lives of a Cell’ as an undergraduate and was completely captivated by Thomas’s way of thinking in completely literary terms about science.

A Farewell to Arms

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The best American novel to emerge from World War I, 'A Farewell to Arms' is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, 'A Farewell to Arms', written when he was thirty years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.

A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway
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The best American novel to emerge from World War I, 'A Farewell to Arms' is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, 'A Farewell to Arms', written when he was thirty years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
What Atul Gawande says

One of the great novels of all time; my model of succinct, clear, and also morally inspired writing. And also, unexpectedly, some of the best observed writing on medicine there has been. The simplicity of the story masks the complexity of what Hemingway is trying to do, of the many layers he is capturing: history, doubt about one’s place in the world, dignity.

The Right Stuff

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Wolfe tells the story of the US space program, through an exploration of the lives and exploits of the test-pilots, from the legendary Chuck Yeager to the seven initial astronauts.

The Right Stuff

by Tom Wolfe
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Wolfe tells the story of the US space program, through an exploration of the lives and exploits of the test-pilots, from the legendary Chuck Yeager to the seven initial astronauts.
What Atul Gawande says

Beautiful, alive, unputdownable human reportage.

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    “What is it, I wondered, that makes a man willing to sit up on top of an enormous Roman candle…and wait for someone to light the fuse?” Wolfe asks that question in his classic about the test pilots who became the first astronauts. It’s both a great history of the space race and a meditation on how to steel yourself to take risks.

Oscar and Lucinda

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Winner, 1988 Man Booker Prize, Peter Carey's novel of the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love.

Oscar and Lucinda

by Peter Carey
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The Book
Winner, 1988 Man Booker Prize, Peter Carey's novel of the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier is both a moving and beautiful love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love.
What Atul Gawande says

This is the best love story I’ve ever read. I love virtually everything Carey writes. His books are full of eccentrics and cranks and a distinctively Australian mythology and humor.  The story — he is an English clergyman, she is the Australian owner of a glassworks, and they are both secretly inveterate gamblers — is beautifully strange and tender, even though they are doomed. Carey provides some of the best evidence I know that it is possible to be both serious and funny.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich, first published in 1886, is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s. Usually classed among the best examples of the novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich tells the story of the sufferings and death of a high-court judge from a terminal illness in 19th-century Russia.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Leo Tolstoy
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The Book
The Death of Ivan Ilyich, first published in 1886, is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s. Usually classed among the best examples of the novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich tells the story of the sufferings and death of a high-court judge from a terminal illness in 19th-century Russia.
What Atul Gawande says

A book I would recommend to an aspiring doctor. It is the best portrayal of sickness and suffering I have ever read — minutely observed, difficult and still true a century and a quarter later.