This book describes the life and times of a physician-scientist
over the last half-century. Part One is about the author's struggle
with colon cancer and the lessons he learnt from the experience;
Part Two is about his life growing up, the pretzel bakery, his
family, being educated at Bronx Science, Columbia College, Harvard
Medical School, and his medical training at the Boston City
Hospital and the NIH. Part Three, the major portion of the book,
describes the author's experiences as a practicing physician and
hematologist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center over 40 years.
It also presents his views on what it takes to be a good doctor and
to practice good medicine. Part Four is about medicine today, the
crisis in medical care and in obtaining affordable health insurance
in the United States, and potential solutions to these problems.
And finally, it also describes the author's views on how changes in
America over the past few decades have transformed our society from
that of the meritocracy as known in the early days to that of the
present society dominated by financial considerations.
Readership: Educated people with no special medical or scientific
training as well as those who do; people who read the New York
Times, college and medical students, physicians, nurses, medical
personnel as well as people who are just generally interested in