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The Bookshelf: Aug. 18, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Alpha Docs.

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ALPHA DOCS: The Making of a Cardiologist

by Daniel Muñoz, James M. Dale

After an introduction, the opening section of this memoir of a year of fellowship rotations at Johns Hopkins hospital — a fellowship is a three-to-four–year, post-residency position overseeing residents while being overseen by an attending specialist — is ill-advised. ... But forgive these mercifully few pages to get a quite satisfying immersion into what medical specialization requires. Muñoz thankfully shifts from embarrassingly tedious to humanely sympathetic as he chronicles how he had to acquire a measure of expertise in what can be described as stations of the cardiology cross: consultation, nuclear medicine, heart failure and transplantation, intensive care, electrophysiology, echocardiography, and more. ... He shines, however, in explaining a wide variety of conditions, and there is polish to the patient vignettes, giving them deeply human appeal.

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