Not Well

How Doctors Think
Jerome Groopman
Houghton Mifflin, $26, 320 pp.

As the first waves of baby boomers hit their sixties, the inexorable upward march in the nation’s median age is inexorably expanding the role of doctors in most people’s lives. Medical interactions also become more angst ridden, as thickening case files become signposts on the road to death.

But doctors bring hope as well, for advances in medical technology now often permit graceful recoveries from diseases like heart attacks and...

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About the Author

Charles R. Morris, a Commonweal columnist, is the author of The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Public Affairs), among other books, and is a fellow at the Century Foundation.