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Here is advice that will gladden - and possibly strengthen - the hearts of patients and doctors alike. Feed a cold, starve a lawyer Don't call a rose a rose; call her Mrs. Schwartz If you drink, don't drive; if you smoke, don't bother wearing your seatbelt ...

Title : Kill as Few Patients as Possible
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ISBN : 9780898151978
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 120 Pages
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Kill as Few Patients as Possible Reviews

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-05-02 03:27

    A collection of very short, humorous essays about an internist’s experience in private practice in the 1980’s. It’s less substantial than I was expecting, but it’s worth a smile or two. This 2004 anniversary edition concludes with a tirade against managed health care.A sampling of essay titles, touted as rules for being the World’s Greatest Doctor:"Be Jewish"In which the student Dr. London visits an Amish family who are charmed to meet an actual Jew, right out of the Bible."If You Don't Believe in Prescribing Xanax for Your Anxious Patients, Be Sure to Take One Yourself"In which Dr. London doses himself judiciously with alcohol and anti-anxiety medications."Don't Be the Last Doc on the Block to Own a Plastic Gallbladder; See a Detail Rep"In which he glories in his collection of ballpoint pens and hollow plastic kidneys, and is charmed by the advent of female drug reps: "intelligent, well-dressed women dying to shower me with gifts"."Ask Your Patient What's Shaking Down at Work and What's Cooking at Home"In which he seems to feel that illness is caused entirely by stress and unhappiness.

  • Alex
    2019-05-09 02:11

    I really wasn't impressed with this book. Maybe it is because I am not into reading about medical stuff anymore. However, it was frankly just boring to read this guy's interpretation about being a doctor. Actually, it was boring reading this guy's spiel about how he is the world's "greatest" doctor.

  • Zetagilgamesh
    2019-04-27 05:26

    A fun little book of thoughtful and humorous essays about the art of medicine. A great book for any new physician to read!

  • Robyn
    2019-05-14 10:27

    Bought this book for Brian as a Christmas gift (2011). We read it on the way to and from DC, a nice 4 hour jaunt from this neck of the woods. The anecdotes are entertaining and I'm willing to bet that, after some years as a doctor, there will be a certain level of commiseration with the stories. The book was written by "Oscar London, MD, WBD," a pen-name for some actual doctor in southern California who is not only a "Medical Doctor" but the "World's Best Doctor." Taking that slant, the author uses a comical tone and outlandish exaggerations to make some salient points about what it means to be a physician in the 21st century medical field. Each chapter is presented as a rule for physicians with an anecdote to elaborate on the rule. My favorite rules are these: "Don't be late for your very own happy hour," in which London discusses the importance of the daily wind-down ritual; "Never let a patient outflank you," that has London fearing for his life as a patient traces pain over his back in a case of malingering; "Let no one leave your office without a handshake, a blood count and a smile," where London saves a man's life by taking a blood count and locating his gastrointestinal cancer when he is dragged in by his wife for a sore throat; "Exhume old records and postpone your patient's burial," in which London advises a borderline failure of a med student to put in some hours in a record vault to find an X-ray that keeps an old lady off the table. The best overarching advice I heard in the whole book was this: that the patient, or patient's family, will ultimately give you the diagnosis if you listen to what they are saying. Entertaining and enjoyable - and to be read again with new eyes in 20 years.

  • David
    2019-04-30 03:30

    As a "physician" (actually a surgeon) and one who is passionate about undergraduate education this is a book I would like to scatter about on tables in their common rooms and by their beds so that they could acquire the same fascination and curiousity about patients as the author shows.

  • Laura
    2019-05-06 04:27

    I wanted to like this more than I did. I wanted it to be more clever, or more amusing or just *more*. The doctor makes some good points, but he ego frequently put me off. (Which is probably why it took so long to read; I only read an essay or two in each infrequent sitting.)

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-08 10:40

    Fun, light read that delivers a humorous perspective on life as a doctor.

  • Melvin Marsh, M.S.
    2019-05-13 05:36

    From the first essay, "Be Jewish," Doctor London's book "Kill as Few Patients as Possible: And Fifty-Six Other Essays on How to Be the World's Best Doctor" will surely keep you laughing. If you don't laugh at some point during this rather short book, there is little hope for you as either you have no sense of humour at all (which should be considered a medical emergency) or you have somehow been blessed to never experience a doctors office.I've often been told that my funny bone was likely removed at birth because I don't find many things funny, but I cannot tell you how many times I had to pause to bite my lower lip to keep from laughing so hard that I would wake the house. Every few pages, I would stop look at my significant other, read a few lines outloud from the book inbetween laughter, and watch his eyes roll as he tried to stop himself from laughing. Oh and "Doc" London, if you are reading this, you forgot one essay that you should have included. "Laughter is the best medicine." I'm sure if there is any truth to that, you will be curing more than a few people who read this book. And yes, I know, don't call you Doc.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-15 08:14

    2.5 starsMeh all around. I received this as a gift since I got into medical school. I personally didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I was hoping it would be insightful and more humorous than it actually was. My issue with it was that while I thought many of the "rules" were decent, the writing always felt like it was cut short before the author actually got to the point. Moreover, he had a huge ego that was annoying to read.As someone who has worked in public health and hospital administration before going into medicine, I think it was also hard for me to see his perspective as someone in private practice. Either way, this book will probably soon be outdated as hospital mergers have essentially made private practice obsolete.

  • Felicia Yan
    2019-04-24 10:17

    A collection of 1-2 page stories perfect for a daily microdose of medical sarcasm.

  • Christine
    2019-05-09 05:26

    Interesting observations by a private practice physician on the ups and downs of today's patient care system.

  • Alyssa Amaro
    2019-05-18 03:36

    This book was hilarious! 1-2 page essays are rich with sarcasm. People who have worked in the medical field may especially enjoy it although I'm sure the humor will engage many others.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-13 06:24

    A very witty book.

  • Kavita
    2019-04-26 08:15

    This book truly had me laughing out loud several times. Oscar London's short essays and paragraphs hit home despite the fact that it was written in the 1980s. There are many pieces of advice that he gives that are still applicable. If I had to give this gift to someone in the medical community, I would gift it to a medical student or an experienced physician all the same. Non-medical staff find it difficult to understand how we find humour in certain situations but London has shown that it isn't because we're laughing at the patients or their diagnosis or their misfortune. As a doctor, sometimes we merely have to find the humour in our practice in order to maintain our sanity and push forward and not "Weintraub" ourselves "to death" as London put it. I of course don't approve of some things he admits to doing like self medicating with Valium or alcohol. On the flip side he talks about not being able to figure out a patient's diagnosis and referring them to someone who you know who can help them even if they're a "cold fish" from down the hallway. Or trying to aid someone who's choking and afterwards they ask for a real doctor. It's reassuring to know that members of the medical community go through the same trials and tribulations. From the ingratitude to the praise. From the long hours and poor health to the feelings of accomplishment.There isn't a Kindle version of this book so I bought it as a used version from Amazon. Now that I've finished it I'm eager to share the laughter amongst my peers.

  • Blake Charlton
    2019-05-11 02:37

    well written, thoughtful. but...not all that funny. i laughed at maybe two of the many essays. that isn't to say i didn't learn a lot from them. i enjoyed several, hurried through others. but the humor was dated. the medical world london exams (best i can tell as a third year medical student) no longer exists. however, i found myself fascinated by the book's tone. one gets a sense of how much the author cares about and loves medicine. most other medical humor i've encountered (many will be familiar with the laugh-out-loud "House of God" by samuel shem) is cynical and ultimately corrosive, using medicine's foibles to tear medicine into pieces. reading london, however, is both frightening and encouraging.

  • Mindy
    2019-05-05 03:38

    What an arrogant man. I thought he was mildly funny with a few pearls of wisdom. He was probably a fabulous doctor but he is also one dimensional, full of himself, and actually an idiot in some respects (don't make your money work for you... just trade work hours for money for the rest of your life. don't pick up hobbies, make your work your hobby. - of course these are my interpretations of his words) The funny thing is, I can think of a few internists who are EXACTLY like this. Incidentally the internists I am thinking of are excellent practitioners... good thing there are one dimensional, arrogant, smart people who want to eat, drink, and sleep medicine.

  • William
    2019-04-25 10:32

    What an ass! Dr. London (pseudonym)comes across as an arrogant internist (most of them are). He calls himself "The Worlds Greatest Doctor) multiple times and I think he really believes it. I am a physician and I read this hoping for some pearls. It did not provide many. I gave it a two because it made me smile maybe once. Don't waste your time.

  • Malia
    2019-04-30 08:14

    I picked up this book and could not stop laughing, much to the chagrin of my fellow bookstore patrons. This is an absolute must for anyone who has worked the patient side of healthcare, especially any physicians.

  • Josiah
    2019-05-15 10:34

    Witty and pithy.

  • Omar M. Khateeb
    2019-04-30 10:17

    Pretty funny book for a pre Med or medical student. Definitely a few pearls of wisdom for those about to open practice.

  • Karan
    2019-05-17 09:40

    Hilariously snarky and pithy. I haven't done a ton of primary care, but enough to know not to take him too seriously. With that in mind this is a fun quick read.

  • Boris Tizenberg
    2019-04-20 09:37

    Witty, dry humor and great prose combined with the realities of medicine make for a wonderful read for someone who is either in healthcare or is foreign to it.

  • Andd Becker
    2019-04-19 10:27

    A California internist pseudonymously wrote fifty-seven witty essays that are fun to read.

  • Beverly
    2019-05-03 02:30

    Funny, but true in any profesion.

  • James M. Madsen, M.D.
    2019-04-24 05:14

    A collection of 57 delightful little essays on the art and practice of medicine.

  • Sam
    2019-05-07 04:27

    Hilarious and quirky advice for all medics!

  • Julie
    2019-05-13 10:39

    hilarious short stories!

  • Lazaro
    2019-04-25 07:14

    Quick and easy read. It'd be a pretty good book for patients because it allows you to get inside the mind of a physician.

  • Erika
    2019-05-15 07:22

    This was recommended to me by Tim, my colleague. Funny and quick, although a bit outdated.

  • Liam Thompson
    2019-04-23 10:33

    Fun stories for people interested in the medical profession