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The laws of medicine field notes from an uncertain science

by Mukherjee, Siddhartha,

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Summary
One of the world's premiere cancer researchers reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine--and how understanding these principles can empower everyone.
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Booklist Review: "Unlike Mukherjee's substantial, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies (2010), this field guide is a slim volume. The Stanford-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated physician, who now teaches at Columbia University, spells out just three laws : a strong intuition is much more powerful than a weak test; normals' teach us rules; outliers' teach us laws; for every perfect medical experiment, there is a perfect human bias. The prose is lovely, often witty, always clear: The screen everyone for everything' approach Dr. McCoy's handheld all-body scanner in Star Trek works if we have infinite resources and absolutely perfect tests, but it begins to fail when resources and time are finite. Mukherjee tucks in interesting tidbits (the human genome has about 24,000 genes; most women with breast cancer who relapse after surgery do so because the cancer migrates before surgery, not because surgeons left behind remnant scraps of malignant tissue). As part of the TED series, this accompanies a TED Talk by Mukherjee available at TED.com, and it is a fast and informative read.--Springen, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Series TED original
Subjects Mukherjee, Siddhartha Career in medicine
Medicine Philosophy
Medicine History 20th century
Medical sciences History 20th century
Nonfiction
Medical
Electronic books.
20th century.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster/ TED2015
2015
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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ISBN 9781476784854
9781476784854
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