Recommended Books

As a writer I have always been interested in the brain/mind connection. As an editor, I was always trying to find the point at which editing becomes writing. Since working on Modern Medicine: What You’re Dying to Know, my interest has become more often health care, especially the art of medicine, the experience of physicians which leads to their expertise. An expertise which cannot be captured by checkboxes and electronic medical records. There is no greater insult to physician care than the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

Artificial intelligence has long studied the difference between novices and experts in their quest to build expert systems. Attempts to replicate physician expertise with checklists have failed abysmally. But studies of novice vs. expert behavior tells us why. There is no greater misunderstanding of the art of the physician than the government’s compulsion to try to measure quality of care with medical checklists.

You will find many books here I have gravitated to over the years, but most of the recent additions to the list are books about the demise of health care.

1.  Stone, Allucquère Rosanne . The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age. MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1996.

          Treating Physician Review

2.  Honnold, Dierdre W.  English With Ease. Carmichael, California: Wordwrights International, 1996.

3.  Pribram, Karl H. The Form Within: My Point of View. Westport, CT: Prospecta Press, 2013.




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