Kill as Few Patients as Possible: And Fifty-Six Other Essays on How to Be the World’s Best Doctor

This oft-quoted all-time favorite of the medical community will gladden–and strengthen–the hearts of patients, doctors, and anyone entering medical study, internship, or practice. With unassailable logic and rapier wit, the sage Dr. Oscar London muses on the challenges and joys of doctoring, and imparts timeless truths, reality checks, and poignant insights gleaned from 30 years of general practice–while never taking himself (or his profession) too seriously.

The classic book on the art and humor of practicing medicine, celebrating its 20th anniversary in a new gift edition with updates throughout. Previous editions have sold more than 200,000 copies. The perfect gift for med students and grads as well as new and practicing physicians. Approximately 17,000 students graduate from med school each spring in North America.

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  1. Humor for doctors and those who would understand them Having practiced medicine for longer than I’ll admit, my sense of humor may no longer be entirely standard. London combines his love of people and hard-learned lessons of practice to produce these essays, fortunately of a length much shorter than Charles Lamb’s. These transparently written essays may explain otherwise in-explicable physician behavior. “My daughter told the doctor she knew she wasn’t pregnant, but he did a pregnancy test anyway.” “My back hurts, and all my other doctors give…

  2. Doc, It Only Hurts When I Laugh …. ….if so, then this book will cause you a some serious pain! The pseudonymous “Oscar London” is not only a great and funny writer, but almost certainly an excellent doctor as well. And like all good humor, there are also profound truths buried within (well, okay, maybe the term “buried” isn’t the best word to use in describing a book on doctoring). In this book, you can see Dr. London, with wit, comedy, tragedy, or irony, tackling all the very serious issues that stress out doctors and push…

  3. Kill as Few Patients as Possible The work in question is particularly appealing to physicians, as they have experienced what Dr. London is describing, having traveled the same road through college and medical school and private practice. His wit is keen and often it makes the reader laugh out loud . . . nearly unable to stop. Patients will also enjoy it, but the common understanding of physicians makes M.D.’s the real target of this book.

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