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Book and Media Reviews
September 10, 2008

The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine

JAMA. 2008;300(10):1213-1214. doi:10.1001/jama.300.10.1213

This book is the best read I have had all summer. It is superb in style, subject, and focus. I am convinced that everyone in the healing professions should read this delightful book, written by practicing surgeon Sherwin B. Nuland. Nuland graduated from Yale University Medical School in 1955 and joined its clinical faculty in the Department of Surgery in 1962. He published his first book, The Origins of Anesthesia, in 1983, and from that time on he has written many books dealing with diverse subjects related to the health care profession. His How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter won the National Book award for nonfiction in 1994. He was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995.