“Doctors”, Voltaire wrote, “are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”
This short 70-page book is a must read for every person who has encountered medicine, colloquially or professionally. It draws, in anecdotal as well as philosophical terms, very sophisticated and nuanced picture of the practice of medicine.
As an outsider to the discipline of medicine, I found this piece of medical literarure very endearing. To be sure, nobody is outlier to medicine. To even try to approach that vicinity, one would need to cede existence. Even then, there would be post mortem.