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  1. says:

    I like Thomas He has some opinions, even strong ones, but he s nice about it obviously ready to change his mind if new data comes in His reminiscences are informative, occasionally funny, always interesting His experience in medicine this book start with his father, a family physician in Flushing, NY Queens in the 1920s He becomes a doctor in the early 1930s all they could usually do was comfort patients until sulfa drugs came along later in that decade His descriptions are great, but terribly sad They re also an incredible reminder of how far we have come so fast.This is not quite the same as The Lives of a Cell Notes of a Biology Watcher or The Medusa and the Snail More Notes of a Biology Watcher since he starts out with chapters that stick to a single topic his early life as a physician but it does become a series of essays as it progresses like his others That s fine It s all interesting even when he gets too technical for me That only happens in parts of the essays they re quickly done, so I never get bogged down.He covers a lot of ground including some of his time in the military in WWII as the head of various facilities There are also essays on other topics such as why women should rule the world for a century, how he came to publish his essays books, other topics Plenty here for everyone.I was left with a lot of questions They re all due to my ignorance in his field He wrote this in 1983 I wonder how some of his observations abandoned experiments turned out If you know, please tell me in the comments Why does penicillin kill guinea pigs half the year not the other half At least, I think that s the conclusion he came to How is the fight against rheumatoid arthritis coming Did his research into it lead anywhere How likely is his idea that there is one, basic underlying cause for all cancers Highly recommended I also recommend his other 2 books They all have a lot of food for thought I can see by other reviews that even doctors still like reading this Yeah, it s that good.

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    I didn t have access to the book, so I listened to this A 5 Star rating is not enough to express the value of this book It took me personally a good while to read, because I took this small book as a learning experience Dr Thomas covers his family biography of their interest in medicine, as well as his achievements and experiences on rounds during his residency and immersed time with research What an amazing amount of information I gathered and learned Every time I got to listen to this audiobook, I was fascinated by it not wanting it to end This is one of the books that I will read and re read again and again, because with repetition and practice comes expert learning The evolution of medicine that was presented was so profound to make me want to reach for his other books and essays, and other nonfiction books as well.

  3. says:

    I re read this after my first year of medical school I first read it in high school but didn t understand just how unique and valuable this book really is.

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    A fascinating account of how medicine has changed since the early 20th century and what it has become Dr Thomas lived, worked, and researched through some of the most interesting medical times, and he writes clearly and vividly about them I am a better doctor to be, researcher, and indeed person for having read this book A must read.

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    A not overly technical book, this still held my interest and gave a nice overview of one man s experience with Medicine, from the founding of the M.D Ph.D program to advances in immunology, as well as some general musings about the future of medicine.Very broad strokes But accessible for the layperson 5 5 for sure.

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    The evolution of medicine from art to scienceAlthough he refers to himself as a watcher, Lewis Thomas was very much a participant in the major event where medicine went from being personal and in some ways useless to a science where cures were routine He starts the book with a description of the role of a physician before the Second World War His father was a physician who had an office in their home, although most of his work was making house calls and hospital rounds In those days, before sulfa, penicillin and other drugs, there were few diseases that could be treated Therefore, medicine was largely conducted by conversation and touch, and most prescribed medications were placebos Thomas talks openly about how ineffectual doctors were in actually curing people, and while he notes that he has no desire to regress to those times, he does say that some aspects of medicine have been lost Not long after he began practicing medicine, science and technology began delivering cures to many of the ailments of humans Thomas adapted very well to the new realities, eventually rising to the presidency of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York He is quite right in calling medicine the youngest science, as it has indeed only became a science in the middle of the twentieth century There is no question that Thomas was a talented scientist and physician, but he is also an outstanding writer These essays, always tainted with a sense of wonder, ignorance and optimism, are an inside look at some of the aspects of how medicine was and is practiced They are a joy to read, his insights into how medicine has changed shed a great deal of light on why there is a crisis in health care This review also appears on

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    All three Thomas books are apologies for meaning to be found in creation Sadly, the author falls short of tying that back to God Nevertheless, he comes so close, and his explanation is beautiful.

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    Lewis Thomas spent his life revolving around various aspects of medicine apprenticeship, patients, research, administration, being a patient, and writing In this memoir, he shares tales and insights from all of these experiences in an easy to digest and relatable format.I especially enjoyed his notes from his time as Dean of Yale s medical school Perhaps it s because I work for an associate dean of medicine now I appreciate his admonishments not to intervene too much in faculty affairs If a culture is healthy, trying to change small aspects can only foul the waters.This book often makes the list of recent physician writers worth reading It is well written and even dives into scientific detail about cellular biology Thomas even submits some thoughts on political theory Women should not only run the earth, but in compensation for centuries of disenfranchisement, only women should be allowed to vote not men Overall, this is a light and witty read with loads of wisdom.

  9. says:

    Apparently I read this a couple years ago Ima read it again, or try to Siddhartha Mukherjee was really impressed by the book when he was a med student, and I just learned about his books other than Emperor of All Maladies.

  10. says:

    A gentlemen scholar s reflections on the coming of age of medicine, molecular biology, immunology, and the academic paradigm in modern america.

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The Youngest Science summary pdf The Youngest Science, summary chapter 2 The Youngest Science, sparknotes The Youngest Science, The Youngest Science 97d9d09 A Doctor S Fascinating View Of What Medicine Was, And What It Has Become Thomas First Learned About Medicine By Watching His Father Practice In An Era When Doctors Comforted Rather Than Healed Looking Back Upon His Experiences As A Medical Student, Young Doctor, And Senior Researcher, Thomas Notes That Medicine Is Now Rich In Possibility And Promise

  • The Youngest Science
  • Lewis Thomas
  • English
  • 28 July 2018

About the Author: Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas November 25, 1913 December 3, 1993 was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher.Thomas was born in Flushing, New York and attended Princeton University and Harvard Medical School He became Dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and President of Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute His formative