Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: One Doctor

One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases And The Mystery Of MedicineOne Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases And The Mystery Of Medicine by Brendan Reilly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Technically, I haven't read all the endnotes, but the rest of the book was really nicely organized. The author talks about how the career of 'doctoring' has changed in his lifetime, from almost everyone having one doctor who takes care of most everything and makes occasional house calls to the current norm: specialists, urgent care, and random people taking care of specific problems with no knowledge of other things that may be going on. He's a generalist, a family practitioner and he mentions several times that there is a real dearth of doctors going into family practice after med school.

He talks a bit about the Affordable Care Act, and some of the lesser-known provisions, one of which I found interesting in that it encourages doctors to get to know their patients better as people and not just 'conditions.' Really good.

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