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The Bookshelf: Feb. 2, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Finest Traditions of My Calling.

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THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF MY CALLING: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine

by Abraham M. Nussbaum

 “Nussbaum begins with memories of his time in medical school, clinical residency, and his early career as a physician, when he learned, however detachedly, “to see people as a compendium of parts and a source of income” and to step back to view modern health care through the lens of both the everyday consumer and caregiver alike. … Particularly striking is the author’s keen if underdeveloped commentary on the medical marijuana conundrum, which begs for further introspection. In sharing the many tribulations of real-life patients and physicians, Nussbaum unveils a thoughtful, well-rounded, yet thorny vision of the current state of medicine. … A revealing and stirring directive aiming to heal medicine from the inside out."

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