Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book Review: Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles by Keith Black and Arnold Mann




Book
: Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles by Keith Black and Arnold Mann

About: Black tells tales of his remarkable life as a neurosurgeon and lets the reader follow along as he treats a few patients.

Pros: Written for the layperson and doesn't get too technical.

Cons: Black is not modest at all and obviously thinks quite highly of himself. He comes off as God's gift to brain surgery, even though he says he doesn't like when patient calls him "God". Drops names, "my friend Forest Whitaker" etc. Only gives us case studies where the surgery went perfectly. Describes the case of a singer that was his patient and uses her real name but makes no indication that she gave her consent for her name to be used. What ever happened to doctor-patient confidentiality?

Grade: D

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thanks for the review, I was thinking of getting this book until I read this. Just a note: HIPPA regulations protect patient confidentiality, and if he uses a patient's name, I guarantee he got consent, or his publisher, editor, and his medical license would all be held accountable, and trust me a publisher will jump on you for using the word "Xerox" without express permission from the corporation.

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