MEDICINE

The Doctor's Perspective

It’s impossible to ever really know what a doctor is thinking, but a new book takes us as close as we’ll ever get. Sherwin Nuland, doctor-writer extraordinaire, has cobbled together the stories of 16 preeminent doctors for his new book, The Soul of Medicine. Each of them shares the stories of their most memorable patients in a work the Miami Herald calls a “modern-day version of The Canterbury Tales.” Nuland’s stories reveal doctors’ personal lives—and their human failings. In the book, the Herald writes, “The doctors’ personalities take over, and the patients and their diagnoses—rare and perplexing as they may have been—fade into the background.”