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Kill as Few Patients as Possible: And Fifty-six Other Essays on How to Be the World's Best Doctor [Hardcover]

Oscar London
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1 Jun 2008
This oft-quoted all-time favorite of the medical community will gladden--and strengthen--the hearts of patients, doctors, and anyone entering medical study, internship, or practice. With unassailable logic and rapier wit, the sage Dr. Oscar London muses on the challenges and joys of doctoring, and imparts timeless truths, reality checks, and poignant insights gleaned from 30 years of general practice--while never taking himself (or his profession) too seriously.

The classic book on the art and humor of practicing medicine, celebrating its 20th anniversary in a new gift edition with updates throughout. Previous editions have sold more than 200,000 copies. The perfect gift for med students and grads as well as new and practicing physicians. Approximately 17,000 students graduate from med school each spring in North America.

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  • Hardcover: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089173
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the mess room 10 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
I bought this at the start of a new rotation and left it in the mess room. Sections are short enough to be read in between jobs over a coffee and everybody who got through it loved it. Reminds anyone in training not to take the little things too seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GP Trainee alert. READ!!!! 4 Dec 2013
By Bugs
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A fun read for medics! I am now 31 years qualified and still enjoy the short
vignettes he describes. I buy each of my registrars a copy before they leave,
after their year with me. Short chapters with a message. Addictive reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humor for doctors and those who would understand them 5 Oct 2008
By Dutchman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having practiced medicine for longer than I'll admit, my sense of humor may no longer be entirely standard. London combines his love of people and hard-learned lessons of practice to produce these essays, fortunately of a length much shorter than Charles Lamb's. These transparently written essays may explain otherwise in-explicable physician behavior. "My daughter told the doctor she knew she wasn't pregnant, but he did a pregnancy test anyway." "My back hurts, and all my other doctors give me narcotics, but Dr London didn't." Other stories of his approach to back pain, stomach pain, etc, may make you wish he were your own doctor.

Don't expect him to expose the foibles of his patients; his sharpest barbs are aimed at himself and his colleagues.

I keep this on my bookshelf and always enjoy taking it down for a short browsing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doc, It Only Hurts When I Laugh .... 13 Jan 2012
By GirlScoutDad - Published on Amazon.com
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....if so, then this book will cause you a some serious pain! The pseudonymous "Oscar London" is not only a great and funny writer, but almost certainly an excellent doctor as well. And like all good humor, there are also profound truths buried within (well, okay, maybe the term "buried" isn't the best word to use in describing a book on doctoring). In this book, you can see Dr. London, with wit, comedy, tragedy, or irony, tackling all the very serious issues that stress out doctors and push lesser healers into burnout, addiction, or depression. Medical errors, insurance hassles, predatory "financial advisers", professional jealousy, doctor-nurse relations, difficult diagnoses, malpractice attorneys, incompetent medical students, long-winded patients, pill-seeking addicts: Dr. London has seen it all, and has a humorous or insightful take on it that will amuse all and help physicians cope with the significant stressors of practicing medicine. As a practicing physician, I think this hilarious little book is up there among the best books anywhere about not merely being a doctor, but becoming a good (or great) doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kill as Few Patients as Possible 30 April 2012
By Reed C. Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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The work in question is particularly appealing to physicians, as they have experienced what Dr. London is describing, having traveled the same road through college and medical school and private practice. His wit is keen and often it makes the reader laugh out loud . . . nearly unable to stop. Patients will also enjoy it, but the common understanding of physicians makes M.D.'s the real target of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Work Hard, Laugh Hard 2 Jan 2009
By Alyssa Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Face it folks, anyone in the field of medicine works far too hard to loose their sense of humor! Its dangerous for your health. I will be the first to admit that my sense of humor has always tended more towards satire and pun than crack-falls, and this book serves it up! I even liked it enough to buy another copy as a gift. I definatly reccomend this book for anyone looking for a few laughs in a hard-working profession.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 21 Sep 2011
By Joao Miguel Oliveira - Published on Amazon.com
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In one word this book is hilarious (although excellent is another word that comes to mind).

I don't agree with every piece of advice given but I admire Dr. London for not being afraid of going against common sense ethics and giving information that can actually be used.

The views are fresh, well written and humorous. A book anyone involved in the health industry should read.
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