Friday, October 12, 2018

The Laws of Medicine

Medicine is a lot further from being a "science" than most people think. Physics has certain laws wherein things can be predicted given a number of factors. The state of the art of medicine is nothing like that. What works for some doesn't work for others, and in most cases nobody knows why. In The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science, surgeon Sid Mukherjee makes an argument for some very general laws that, once understood, can go along away towards improving our health processes.

The book is very well-written, concise and to the point. It clocks in at only 82 pages, which is 83 pages more than my preferred book length, but a good start in the right direction.

The three laws Mukherjee has put together did not make a lot of sense to me until he explained them, at which point they made perfect sense. His arguments are clear, persuasive and supported by numerous examples.

I recommend the book if the topic interests you.

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