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Listen, Think, & Speak Like a Doctor: Essential Skills for Medical School and Practice

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Listen, Think, & Speak Like a Doctor is a witty, relatable, and honest book full of sage advice regarding the real-life challenges and practice demands of becoming and being a physician. Students graduate from medical school with a knowledge of body systems, disease processes, and care algorithms. They’ve learned to treat but not necessarily how to connect with patients as people. It’s these difficult-to-learn connection skills that trip doctors up and that patients need doctors to have to ensure the best outcomes.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Thakur has done a great service for potential medical students, those pursuing their medical degree, and practicing doctors. This book is full of helpful insights and humbling anecdotes that can assist anyone who is considering or currently working within the medical field. The book is eloquently written, and its honesty and transparency about one of the world's most important (and difficult) professions is welcomed. He provides not only a roadmap for considering entering the profession, but also assists the reader in speaking to some of the most challenging conversations regarding illness, death, and grief. As the author offers up examples from his own experience, the reader will relate to Thakur and grow from reading his book.

Prose: Conversationally written, the book is not ostentatious or erudite, while retaining eloquent beauty in its prose. Thakur's thoughts are clear and simply laid out, and the ideas in the book will not confuse the reader. Occasionally he uses an excess of short sentences, which can seem a bit curt, but in general the prose is pleasant, clear, and useful.

Originality: Books truthfully speaking to the experience of being a doctor practicing in North America are rare to come by, and increasingly important as this field shrinks while health issues increase worldwide. Written in the tone of a humble comrade sharing his wisdom, Thakur's book is relatable, unique, and valuable.

Character Development/Execution: A powerful aspect of this book is the titles of the chapters - they are very clear about the content therein, which is useful for the casual reader who may want to skip to a chapter relevant to their own situation. Some of the images in the book are a bit stretched, so they appear somewhat pixelated. 

Date Submitted: October 02, 2021