Alex Unwin Unwin từ Audrain County
Reviewing poetry is often hard because you want to give your opinion so others can decide whether they wish to pick it up but the thing with poetry is that how we read and interpret it may be very different from someone else. Poetry is what I call writing on feeling. Everyone has their own taste when it comes to reading or even listening to poetry (like music). I like poems that are raw, to the point, and filled with feeling. I want to feel the moment like the author. If a poetry writer can bring me there and I'm feeling that anger, that pain, that happiness, that passion, then I'm sold. I rather liked this short poetry book by Susan Borgeson. The author who has mild schizophrenia and severe bi-polar disorder wrote her feelings as they were after enduring a love lost (but perhaps for the better). I liked the poems...they felt real, they weren't fluffy, they just were real. I could sense the feeling that she was experiencing at the moment of righting that particular poem. I would recommend anyone who's experienced love and the loss of love to pick this one up and read it. It was a VERY quick read, a poetry reading that doesn't require a genius to decipher the meaning, and a read that will stick in your mind later on.
The premise is an intriguing one but it's stretched very thin in order to justify an entire book. I read the New Yorker article published on the same topic in anticipation of the book release and was impressed with the logical structure that Groopman applied to medical mistakes. I was hoping for a more detailed discussion of the same in the book and it failed for the most part. A good consideration of the role that uncertainty plays in physicians' decision making, but the ways in which doctors deal with that uncertain appears to vary considerably from doctor to doctor making it difficult to identify patterns in the way they think. You can't answer the question of how doctors think if doctors don't really think alike. There are some good nuggets in there, though, that might be helpful for physicians trying to avoid the pitfalls of their own thinking or a patient trying to avoid the pitfalls of their physicians thinking - but the most important ones are addressed in the New Yorker article. Contributing to my disappointment was the fact that I recognized at least one of the chapters as having a prior life as a New Yorker article and got the feeling that there were probably others. I couldn't help but feeling a little conned. However, I'm giving it 3 stars (instead of fewer) because, although I felt like the many case stories it contained were really just filler, I enjoyed reading them. Honestly, I enjoyed the whole book. I just expected a little more. Wait till they put the paperback out - I think I would have given it 4 stars if I hadn't sprung for the hardcover.