What Doctors Don’t Know

Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School

by Melvin Konner MD.
Doctors, dressed up in one professional costume or another, have been in busy practice since the earliest records of every culture on earth. It is hard to think of a more dependable or enduring occupation, harder still to imagine any future events leading to its extinction. Other trades—goldsmithing, embalming, cathedral …

‘Unacceptable Damage’

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Physical, Medical, and Social Effects of the Atomic Bombings by the Atomic Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by the Committee for the Compilation of Materials on Damage Caused, translated by Eisei Ishikawa and David L. Swain

Unforgettable Fire: Pictures Drawn by Atomic Bomb Survivors

edited by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation
The hardest of all tasks for the military people who are occupationally obliged to make plans for wars still to come must be to keep a comprehensive up-to-date list of guesses about what the other side might, in one circumstance or another, do. Prudence requires that all sorts of possibilities …

The Big C

Conquering Cancer

by Lucien Israël, translated by Joan Pinkham
When I was a medical student, long ago in the mid-1930s, the disease to worry about the most was tuberculosis. It was all around. Anyone could catch it, at any time, from infancy to old age, and there was really nothing much to be done about it. You might survive …

Rx for Illich

Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

by Ivan Illich
As a physician, I’ve had a hard time with Medical Nemesis, but not, as you might be thinking, because of wincing or hurt feelings at all the harsh things Ivan Illich wants to say about contemporary medicine. Indeed, most of his arguments, taken singly, are not all that bad, or …