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practice test

Well, here it is at long last!   My third book.  It’s called The Practice Test, and it’s about how we can face the struggles of medical practice with more balance and perspective.  How many docs knew every scientific and clinical question necessary to pass board, but were never prepared for life as a doctor?  Most, I’d say.

My book is set up like a parody of board exam questions, and it’s suitable for aspiring physicians, retiring physicians, practicing physicians, medical students, residents, medical spouses, educators, policy-makers and even patients who want to understand their doctors a little better.  And if they want to buy one for their physicians, I won’t mind a bit!

Here’s a link to read about it, look inside and  order it if you desire.


edwinleap.com | The Practice Test; my latest book!.

Hope he doesn’t mind me swiping nearly all of that post!  He’s a terrific writer, and I’m willing to bet his book will be excellent.  Follow the link, and order away!

Doctors Still Talk About ‘The House of God’ Novel – NYTimes.com

Doctors Still Talk About ‘The House of God’ Novel – NYTimes.com

A Book Doctors Can’t Close

It was a raunchy, troubling and hilarious novel that turned into a cult phenomenon devoured by a legion of medical students, interns, residents and doctors. It introduced characters like “Fat Man” — the all-knowing but crude senior resident — and medical slang like Gomer, for Get Out of My Emergency Room.
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Called “The House of God,” the book was drawn from real life, and 30 years after its initial publication, it is still part of the medical conversation.

I still recommend it to future medical students, though I don’t know why.  It’s an entertaining book, and while medicine (and I hear resident education) have moved on, it’s a classic.

Diabetes Mine has a new book out

From Amy Tenderich, Blogger Extrordinaire and Lilly Award Winner:
KnowNumbersI wanted to let you all know that the new book I’ve  co-authored with Dr. Richard Jackson of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston is now published! 
It’s called Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes – the first-ever hands-on guide to help patients identify and manage their most critical health risks with diabetes.  It also guides people in setting doable action plans, giving them confidence and hope that a long and healthy life with diabetes is possible.

We’re very excited, and early reviews from doctors, educators and other patients are big thumbs-up so far.
The book is available at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc.  As of today, you can also order a copy directly off my blog (www.diabetesmine.com) and get a free trial pack of ExtendBars (slow-release carb snack).
Check it out.
Thanks much!
– Amy

So, if it at all interests you, please get a copy!

MedGadget SciFi Results

…are up here.Medgadget weblog

I very much enjoyed getting to read these stories, some more than others, and I think you’d like some of them yourselves!  So. when you have a minute, zoom over and have a read.


And many congrats to author Steve Carper for the winner (I won’t spoil it for you).

The Man with the Iron Tattoo: book review and author interview

I was generously offered an advance copy of

The Man with the Iron Tattoo and Other True Tales of Uncommon Wisdom: What Our Patients Have Taught Us About Love, Faith and Healing

by doctors John E. Castaldo and Lawerence P. Levitt.  Additionally, I was given the opportunity to interview one of the authors by telephone (my first phone interview of an author!).


The book (which needs a more abbreviated title) is a series of stories mostly about patient interactions, and what they learned about themselves and their profession and practice from them.  The one that wasn’t about a patient was about the suicide of a physician colleague, and its effect on them (it is a model for how docs should look at themselves and each other to see and acknowledge the warning signs of serious depression in people conditioned to ignore their own problems and feelings).

Although I don’t want to spoil the book, there is one chapter in which the child of an author is brain injured in an auto accident, and there is a subtext of what incredible jerks doctors are, even to each other, which is painful to read but very very real.

I enjoyed it, and recommend it for a general audience, but the medical types will enjoy it as well.

For those who don’t want to read the interview, it’s available at Amazon , Independent Publishers Group, and Ben Bella Books.


Dr. Larry Leavitt (Senior Neurologist Emeritus at Lehigh Valley Hospital) took some time from his busy schedule and agreed to be interviewed by me, and here is a poorly-transcribed partial transcript (and any missing conversation or errors are mine):


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Cutting Remarks: An unsolicited review

Dr Sidney Schwab has written a book, and I bought one.

It’s aimed at a general audience, and while not a ‘natural’ writer his prose is very accessible and he takes great pains to make the medical jargon easily understandable.

His topic is that physical, emotional and intellectual challenge that is residency, specifically a surgical residency in a city by a bay in the 70’s. Intense situations make for indelible memories, and that’s what this was for him (and anyone who’s done a residency worth a damn) and he’s given us an inside look. A non-too-sparing look, as well, with instructors he felt were sub-par identified as such. There’s some tense memories, and it’s obvious he reigned some of it in while telling the story.

And, he made me laugh out loud. Really, I was laughing aloud after reading a particular passage (about a retractor), and that’s a rarity for me.

Recommended. Here’s where to get yours.

In the mail

Today I got a copy of Vaccines: Preventing Disease and Protecting Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization, ("Regional Office of the World Health Organization").  For some odd reason I like reading about Public Health, and I have a profound appreciation for vaccinations.

If you want bang-for-buck in medicine, vaccines beat an MRI scanner hands down.  (Yeah, I know they aren’t interchangeable, but I like the contrast).  So, soon another book review!