Wednesday, April 30, 2014
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF DOCTORS (DR. BRIAN GOLDMAN)
HarperCollins|April 29, 2014|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-44341-601-6
Have you ever wondered what doctors and nurses are really saying as they zip through the emergency room and onto elevators, throwing cryptic phrases at one another? Or why they do it? Do you guess at the codes broadcast over the loudspeaker, or the words doctors and nurses use when speaking right in front of patients?
In THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF DOCTORS, bestselling author Dr. Brian Goldman opens up the book on the clandestine phrases doctors use to describe patients, situations and even colleagues they detest. He tells us what is means for someone to suffer from incarceritis, what doctors mean when they block and turf, what the various codes mean, and why you never want to suffer a horrendoma. Highly accessible, biting, funny and entertaining, THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF DOCTORS reveals modern medical culture at its best and all too often at its worst.
Goldman's second book is very different from his first titled "Night Watch". Although I enjoyed reading this second, I was finding myself a bit bored after a while. There were too many quotes from other books, too many statistics and not enough "secret language". I thought the book was going to be packed with more slang than it contained and less statistical information. To be honest, by three-quarters of the way through the book, I found myself skipping page after page after page just to hurry the book along. I felt too mired down in quotes from this person or that, or this book or that. Although I learned a few things, it wasn't what I thought it was going to be which is a bit disappointing.