David Mendel (1922–2007) was a British cardiologist, teacher, and writer. For more than two decades he was a senior lecturer and a consultant in cardiology at St. Thomas’s Hospital, London, before retiring from medicine in 1986. He subsequently obtained a degree in Italian from the University of Kent and regularly wrote and broadcast for the BBC about Italian topics, especially the chemist and writer Primo Levi.
A book about what it means (and takes) to be a good doctor, and for that reason very much a book for patients as well as doctors—which is to say a book for everyone. “A gem for physicians, future physicians, and clinicians of all types…. It presents advice to practitioners…and contains many brief examples and aphorisms.” —American Psychological Association