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Kill as Few Patients as Possible: And Fifty-six Other Essays on How to Be the World's Best Doctor

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This oft-quoted all-time favorite of the medical community will gladden--and strengthen--the hearts of patients, doctors, and anyone entering medical study, internship, or practice. With unassailable logic and rapier wit, the sage Dr. Oscar London muses on the challenges and joys of doctoring, and imparts timeless truths, reality checks, and poignant insights gleaned from ...more
Hardcover, 20th Anniversary Edition, 120 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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A collection of very short, humorous essays about an internist’s experience in private practice in the 1980’s. It’s less substantial than I was expecting, but it’s worth a smile or two. This 2004 anniversary edition concludes with a tirade against managed health care.

A sampling of essay titles, touted as rules for being the World’s Greatest Doctor:

"Be Jewish"
In which the student Dr. London visits an Amish family who are charmed to meet an actual Jew, right out of the Bible.

"If You Don't Believe
I really wasn't impressed with this book. Maybe it is because I am not into reading about medical stuff anymore. However, it was frankly just boring to read this guy's interpretation about being a doctor. Actually, it was boring reading this guy's spiel about how he is the world's "greatest" doctor.
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This book truly had me laughing out loud several times. Oscar London's short essays and paragraphs hit home despite the fact that it was written in the 1980s. There are many pieces of advice that he gives that are still applicable.
If I had to give this gift to someone in the medical community, I would gift it to a medical student or an experienced physician all the same. Non-medical staff find it difficult to understand how we find humour in certain situations but London has shown that it isn't
I wanted to like this more than I did. I wanted it to be more clever, or more amusing or just *more*. The doctor makes some good points, but he ego frequently put me off. (Which is probably why it took so long to read; I only read an essay or two in each infrequent sitting.)
Blake Charlton
well written, thoughtful. but...not all that funny. i laughed at maybe two of the many essays. that isn't to say i didn't learn a lot from them. i enjoyed several, hurried through others. but the humor was dated. the medical world london exams (best i can tell as a third year medical student) no longer exists. however, i found myself fascinated by the book's tone. one gets a sense of how much the author cares about and loves medicine. most other medical humor i've encountered (many will be famil ...more
What an arrogant man. I thought he was mildly funny with a few pearls of wisdom. He was probably a fabulous doctor but he is also one dimensional, full of himself, and actually an idiot in some respects (don't make your money work for you... just trade work hours for money for the rest of your life. don't pick up hobbies, make your work your hobby. - of course these are my interpretations of his words) The funny thing is, I can think of a few internists who are EXACTLY like this. Incidentally th ...more
Hilarious words of wisdom written surprisingly with subtly not expected.
Liam Thompson
Fun stories for people interested in the medical profession
What an ass! Dr. London (pseudonym)comes across as an arrogant internist (most of them are). He calls himself "The Worlds Greatest Doctor) multiple times and I think he really believes it. I am a physician and I read this hoping for some pearls. It did not provide many. I gave it a two because it made me smile maybe once. Don't waste your time.
As a "physician" (actually a surgeon) and one who is passionate about undergraduate education this is a book I would like to scatter about on tables in their common rooms and by their beds so that they could acquire the same fascination and curiousity about patients as the author shows.
Apr 22, 2008 Malia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: med students, interns, residents, pre-med
I picked up this book and could not stop laughing, much to the chagrin of my fellow bookstore patrons. This is an absolute must for anyone who has worked the patient side of healthcare, especially any physicians.
interesting perspectives, easy read because it's written colloquially. i liked some quotes it made me think about medicine
Andd Becker
A California internist pseudonymously wrote fifty-seven witty essays that are fun to read.
Jun 26, 2008 Sheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interesting in the role of docs in healthcare today
Great little book. Funny and wise, Dr London reminds us what good doctoring is all about.
This was recommended to me by Tim, my colleague. Funny and quick, although a bit outdated.
James M. Madsen, M.D.
A collection of 57 delightful little essays on the art and practice of medicine.
A little funny, a little true, a little bit of commentary on modern healthcare.
Fun, light read that delivers a humorous perspective on life as a doctor.
Funny, but true in any profesion.
hilarious short stories!
Aug 12, 2008 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone in the medical profession
Totally funny!
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