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The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine

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The award-winning author of How We Die and The Art of Aging, venerated physician Sherwin B. Nuland has now written his most thoughtful and engaging book.

The Uncertain Art is a superb collection of essays about the vital mix of expertise, intuition, sound judgement, and pure chance that play a part in a doctor's practice and life.
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 07, 2008 lola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who mentions the Flexner report without mentioning that it helped to close down pretty much every medical school for black or women doctors has a big heavy stupid white privilege knapsack shoved up his ass. Otherwise not such a bad dude, loved the end piece about his bromance with a heart transplant patient.
Nov 03, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Soooo dry.... I will die a death of boredom! I quit only a few chapters in. This book is way too detached. I do not want academic doctor thoughts. I want to get to know the doctor as a human, to know how they think. If that is the kind of book you are looking for, look somewhere else.
Feb 17, 2017 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-books
What kind of words are these?: Prooemium. suzerainty.

And what's all this? [S]everal, [W]ho, [but], [I]t, [those over eighty-five] . . . These are not parenthesis--he uses those too. Did the editor skip a step? Or was the author too stubborn.

Overall, dry as the Sahara desert. If, as quoted in the back cover, this is "Sherwin Nuland's best work, . . . " I shudder to think what his other stuff would be. ugh. Somebody lied to this guy.
Jul 14, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were many interesting insights into not only the life of a physician but the art of medicine and the care, body and soul, of the patient. It is written in self-contained, essay-like format, so you can pick and choose which parts you find most compelling or interesting. The section on acupuncture was especially interesting, as was the explanation for why we say "God Bless You" after someone sneezes.
This is a series of essays by Dr. Nuland who wrote How We Die. The most interesting chapters are about acupuncture, grave robbing for bodies in the last century, cocaine as an anesthetic in the past, and his vision of medicine by the end of this century...WOW!. You won't believe the chapter on treating women in the 1800's for "hysteria" (sexual) and double wow.
My favorite book of his is Lost in America, a memoir.
Sep 20, 2013 Avalon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of essays -- I liked some a lot, others I didn't care for. Wish there was a more central theme and more about how to manage difficult decisions/emotions/etc (similar to the heart transplant patient story at the end) but overall an interesting read.
Nov 12, 2008 Eric_W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An uneven collection of essays resurrected from The American Scholar.
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A collection of disjointed essays. Some good, some not great. Overall, had to skim most of it - there was no central theme.
May 18, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Some useful pints for practicing medicine
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Sherwin Nuland was an American surgeon and author who taught bioethics and medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He was the author of The New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winning How We Die, and has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Time, and the New York Review of Books.

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