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Forgive and Remember by Charles L. Bosk
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Aug 10, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in April, 2009

I was delighted to discover that one of the judging criteria (atleast according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnography) of an ethnography is “aesthetic merit”. While this book is not primarily aesthetic, it is a well-written and compelling scholarly work. It is an ethnography of surgeons-in-training, with a focus on medical error—which errors are considered normative and forgiven, and which errors are not. Bosk also reflects on his research methodology and choices.
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