The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine

The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine


By (author) Sherwin B. Nuland, Narrator Michael Prichard


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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 191mm x 15mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400156238
  • ISBN 13: 9781400156238
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,829,375

Product description

Long-time physician Sherwin B. Nuland presents a provocative and stimulating collection of stories illustrating the vagaries of medical practice over the years. Among the fascinating and probing questions that Nuland investigates are: What does the first Hippocratic Oath really mean? What happens when knowledge comes before we're ready for it? Why does major surgery using only acupuncture work? Is there really sympathy between the organs of the body? What happens when someone yells, "Is there a doctor in the house?" and you are the doctor? What goes through the mind of a heart transplant candidate who doesn't make it?"

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Author information

Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., is the author of numerous books, including "Doctors: The Biography of Medicine"; "The Wisdom of the Body"; and "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter," which won the National Book Award. Michael Prichard is a professional narrator and stage and film actor who has played several thousand characters during his career. An Audie Award winner, he has recorded well over five hundred books and has earned several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. Michael was also named a Top Ten Golden Voice by "SmartMoney" magazine.

Review quote

"[Michael Prichard's] avuncular voice brings the disparate ideas into a coherent production suitable for all listeners, not just science aficionados."---AudioFile