When Doctors Go Wrong: New York Review of Books on Immortal Bird
The new (May 24) issue of The New York Review of Books has an excellent review of Immortal Bird by Jerome Groopman. It is the lead review and it is called The Lost Patient. On the cover, the headline reads “When Doctors Go Wrong.”
Groopman, Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff writer in medicine and biology at the New Yorker, writes from a place of deep knowledge–he even trained at Damon’s hospital, New York Presbyterian/Columbia Univerity Medical Center. But what is most impressive about the piece is that he writes from the heart, confessing that the book was so wrenching, “I had to put it down several times.” He gives Damon’s story enormous sympathy and appreciation, and writes with exquisite sensitivity and care.
I will report soon on upcoming readings and media appearances but for now I recommend Groopman’s superb essay-cum-review.