** Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis

Beyond the fun title and good cover art, Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum is nothing more than a memoir by a British physician, who has had interesting experiences in various settings, from a family physician to ERs, to Antarctica, but the stories are not extraordinary. I liked that he brings the mundane behind-the-scenes reality to life, such as the anesthesiologist doing a crossword puzzle during surgery (I always wondered if they did not get bored — apparently, they do). He  can connect the experiences to art and to literature with great ease. And, of course, he is able to connect with his patients very lovingly. Maybe that would be the way to select a good doctor, pick one who writes?


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