“Full of quiet wisdom”

Many of these pieces are full of quiet wisdom. There are no real heroics here, not in the 'jumping on the chest' kind of way. One writer admits, with self-deprecatory humor, to the fears that threaten to overwhelm her in the practise of her medical skills, but she goes on regardless. Another describes how medical knowledge is a shifting thing; there was once a time we knew nothing of AIDS. […]

There are some less interesting essays, and one or two that try too hard to be clever, but generally this is an excellent collection. The standard of writing is very high, perhaps not surprising considering the editor is Lee Gutkind […] – Sue Bond