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Book Title: The Youngest Science|
The author of the book: Lewis Thomas
Date of issue: December 1st 1983
ISBN 13: 9780553340662
Format files: PDF
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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.
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Read information about the authorLewis 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 years as an independent medical researcher were at Tulane University School of Medicine.
He was invited to write regular essays in the New England Journal of Medicine, and won a National Book Award for the 1974 collection of those essays, The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher. He also won a Christopher Award for this book. Two other collections of essays (from NEJM and other sources) are The Medusa and the Snail and Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony. His autobiography, The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher is a record of a century of medicine and the changes which occurred in it. He also published a book on etymology entitled Et Cetera, Et Cetera, poems, and numerous scientific papers.
Many of his essays discuss relationships among ideas or concepts using etymology as a starting point. Others concern the cultural implications of scientific discoveries and the growing awareness of ecology. In his essay on Mahler's Ninth Symphony, Thomas addresses the anxieties produced by the development of nuclear weapons. Thomas is often quoted, given his notably eclectic interests and superlative prose style.
The Lewis Thomas Prize is awarded annually by The Rockefeller University to a scientist for artistic achievement.
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