Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon in a Boston hospital, an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and the acclaimed author of Better, Complications, The Checklist Manifesto and Being Mortal.
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful, alive, unputdownable human reportage.
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.
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.