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The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2009 - Spring

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by Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., clinical professor of surgery (gastroenterology) (Random House) This volume is a collection of essays about the mix of expertise, intuition, sound judgment and chance that plays a part in a doctor’s practice and life. Drawing from history and his own experiences, Nuland includes topics ranging from the primitive procedures doctors once practiced with good intentions—such as grave robbing and prescribing cocaine as an anesthetic—to gene therapy, the adoption of Eastern practices like acupuncture and the complex moral and ethical quandaries confronting healers that arise from such innovations as cloning.