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The House of God by Samuel Shem
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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
A Hologram for the King
by Dave Eggers
read in January, 2013
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
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SO GOOD. I tend to be critical of journalists presenting the narrative of a culture not their own - often they bring in their own biases and agendas that color their depictions of others. Anne Fadiman's talent is in her ability to honestly and compas ...more
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The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag
Illness as Metaphor
by Susan Sontag
read in January, 2012
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Hm. I was a little surprised at the argument presented by Sontag in this essay: that cancer, similar to TB in the 19th and early 20th centuries, is mythologized, often to the detriment of those who have the disease. She explains the argument for TB v ...more
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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
read in February, 2012
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My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
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4 stars for content. 2 for narrative voice, which gives 3 stars on average.

This is not so much the story of a doctor in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, but rather a series of occasionally fascinating and enlightening anecdotes about the patients
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AIDS and Its Metaphors by Susan Sontag
AIDS and Its Metaphors
by Susan Sontag
read in January, 2012
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Better by Atul Gawande
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The essays each were fascinating anecdotes into medical practice. I wish he had let them speak for themselves, instead of coming to the end of the collection and trying to impose some sort of prescribed moral to the anecdotes, as he attempts to do in ...more
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