Reading with Gawande

Atul Gawande talks to the Globe todayabout what he reads.  Love the answeron this one; not wild about the question.

Is there good writing about health and medicine by non-doctors?

I think some of the best writing. The doctor almost knows too much. One of the best pieces of writing about health care, to my mind, is “A Farewell to Arms’’ — a third of it takes place in an Italian hospital. Hemingway is unsparing and hilarious in his depiction of doctors and what it’s like to be a patient. Joan Didion’s book “The Year of Magical Thinking.’’ A book by Anne Fadiman, “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.’’ These are extraordinary books.

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