DOING NOTHING. Neil Kurtzman. Lee, NH: 1st Books, 2000, 663pp. ISBN 1–58721–436–9. Price:Trade Paperback $19.95, electronic book $6.95.
Over the last several years, there has been a plethora of stories based on experiences of medical personnel, both inside and out of the hospital. One may only go to the nearest bookshop to see books written by nurses, doctors,and students that describe the extraordinary situations that characterize medical life. Most of these are interesting but are of very similar content. Doing Nothing by Dr. Neil Kurtzman is representative of this style and type of work. Kurtzman takes us through the education of Richard Grollman, from his first day of medical school through his last day as chief resident on the medical service of a busy city hospital. Through his experiences, the reader is taken through a wonderful journey as we see the highs and lows of his life during his “education.” One is taken through the trials of medical school and the challenges faced during residency. This story examines the human side and art of medicine. This is a wonderful book that would be appreciated by most people, but would be greatly enjoyed by physicians who can certainly relate to Richard. It is reasonably priced and very well written. It is very difficult to put down. I would recommend this book without hesitation.
JASON LIFSHUTZ, M.D.
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California
J. Neurosurg. / Volume 98 / February, 2003