by Kevin Fong, M.D.
If you want a layman’s overview of many of medicine’s advances of the 20th century, this book does so in an interesting manner. It brings to life tales of ordinary people in the throes of severe burns, freezing temperatures, helpless against polio, and many other afflictions. It covers how courageous doctors risk their reputations, and the lives of their patients, to save the lives of many.
This book cover is slightly deceiving at first as many of the first examples are of war and violent incidents. However, he does mix these with many of man’s amazing explorations of the world around us.
There is also an eVideo by Dr.Fong on the same subject, produced by the BBC titled Life, Death, and Mistakes. Dr. Kevin Fong investigates how doctors can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theater. He sets out to learn how other professionals make life and death decisions under pressure- from airline pilots facing emergencies, to the Fire Service dealing with lethal blazes, to the world of Formula One pit crews. Kevin discovers how all these fields are helping to make surgery safer. (49 minutes)
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