Brief Book Review 1: The Youngest Science

I was turned onto this book by an interview with Atul Gawande where he lists it as the book that most influenced his life.

Lewis Thomas’ firsthand account of his medical training and research career. Inspiring: shows how a medicine/pathology/immunology training pathway provides tools and skills to pursue diverse and fascinating questions over several decades. Gives insight into academic medicine as the author progresses from medical intern to department chair to the deanery. Little discussion of the author’s personal clinical experience as a physician beyond his residency training. A role model and case study in how to live an examined and successful life as a physician scientist.

A uniquely talented writer who makes science accessible to the layperson, and fascinating to the trained reader. A privilege to have been introduced to this book. I have ordered the remainder of the Sloan Foundation book list.

Note: This is the first in a series of book reviews under 150 pages. Other reviews can be found under the Categories -> Brief Book Reviews link on the right side of this blog.

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