Books Of Interest: January 24th, 2015

I have recently purchased the following books and thought they may be of interest.

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Internal Medicine     Terrence Holt

This is from Dr. Terrence Holt and has nine stories about the world of medical training and all the emotions that are present from the resident as well as the patient such as physical, emotional and spiritual pain. This looks like it will be a great read and I am moving it up to next on my pile behind Floating City by Sudhir Venkatesh

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Doctored:The Disillusionment Of An American Physician     Sandeep Jauhar

Dr. Jauhar digs deep into the future of medicine and the ramifications it will have not only patients but doctors as well.

Here is a video from NPR’s Fresh Air:

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For A Song And A Hundred Songs     Liao Yiwu

I finally pulled the trigger and purchased this book and have read only several pages but I see this book will be tremendous for peeling back what is really going on in China and some of the true emotions of the people.

Here is a video you might be interested in.

Some Thoughts About Opportunity From Anonymous

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“When you have a chance to embrace an opportunity, give it a big hug.”

“Great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones.”

“Many a man creates his own lack of opportunities.”

“Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.”

“If you create the circumstances, opportunity will knock more than once upon your door.”

Some Thoughts About Problems From Anonymous

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“Answers are what we have for other people’s problems.”

“The reason some people know the solution is because they created the problem.”

“Instead of counting their blessings many people magnify their problems.”

“It’s better to put your finger on a problem before sticking your nose in it.”

“To work out our problems we need to add love, subtract hate, multiply good, and divide between truth and error.”

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Patience

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“Be patient with the fault of others; they may have to be patient with yours.”

“The true measure of a man is the height of his ideals, the breadth of his sympathy, the depth of his convictions, and the length of his patience.”

“The trouble with people today is that they want to get to the promised land without going through the wilderness.”

“Patience is when you listen silently to someone tell about the same operation you had.”

“True patience means waiting without worrying.”

Currently Reading: Floating City By Sudhir Venkatesh

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I started this book this afternoon and it appears to be very similar to On The Run by Alice Goffman. I have mixed emotions when I read this type of book due to the difficulties that the ethnographer has in separating their work from their feelings. There seems to me that there might be a book about the relationships (personal I mean) between the ethnographer and his or her subjects. Maybe I am reading too much into it, but it seems like a fair assumption.

I have included this video from the author about the book for your viewing. I hope you find it informative.

Finished Reading: Faster, Higher, Stronger By Mark McClusky

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I finished up and I must say that this book, after what seemed to be a slow start, ended up very strong. Chapter 10 entitled The Numbers Game: The Power of Data to Show Us How Our Games Really Work was outstanding. The chapter, itself, is only eighteen pages but is crammed full of ways that data is being used to incrementally increase athletic performance. The results of sabermetrics is really changing the pay scale of baseball as well as basketball. As I have stated earlier, this is an outstanding book to whet your appetite if you are interested in incremental improvement in whatever your endeavor happens to be.

Some Thoughts About Intentions From Anonymous

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“When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you do not have the slightest intention of carrying it out.”

“Isn’t it true that we judge ourselves by our best intentions and others by their worst faults?”

“The kindness we resolve to show tomorrow cures no headaches today.”

“When a man says he is going to do this or that tomorrow, ask him what he did yesterday.”

“What a fine world this would be if today we did as well as we expect to do tomorrow.”