Sunday, March 28, 2010

Book Review: Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients by Danielle Ofri



Book: Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients by Danielle Ofri

About: New York's Bellevue hospital doctor Ofri tells the stories of several patients of hers. They are all from different cultures, with vastly different backgrounds and languages, some survivors of torture, some loving America, some who can't wait to leave. All get treated by Dr. Ofri.

Pros: One of the better medical narrative books I read. The patients are different yet memorable. Ofri does a great job of weaving them all together, going from one patient to another but always returning to continue the sagas of each one. Descriptions of her own thoughts as well as tales of her family fit in well. Good job avoiding confusing medical jargon.

Cons: A few grammatical things. Uses the lesser accepted term "northeaster" to describe a storm.

Grade: B+

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