Read my latest review for Library Journal, We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America, by Kate Daloz.
Perhaps the simplest way to tackle the bias problem is to confront it head-on and incorporate it into the very definition of medicine.
A slim, fascinating, quick read meant to accompany the author’s TED Talk, <i>The Laws of Medicine</i> examines whether or not medicine is a true science. Full of historical details and anecdotal stories from the field, Mukherjee explores the fragility of the “youngest” science, and suggests perhaps there are more than three laws.
Even as we train massive machines to collect, store, and manipulate data for us, humans are the final observers, interpreters, and arbiters of that data.
I was disappointed in the ending of this book, which is why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars. I don’t want to spoil anything, but who the villian turned out to be was somewhat far-fetched and I wondered why they were selected. Still an entertaining read and a lot of fun, with great new character neighbor kid posting everything on YouTube, a mysterious author writing vampire crochet mysteries unveiled, and, of course, Molly Pink getting embroiled in a murder mystery while debating the attentions of two men.