Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy

Humorous and True

  Enjoyable story.
   I am in the habit of reading books on the first few years of a medical professional. It gives me a feeling of security knowing the struggles and successes of the dedicated people who care for my body.
   This one can also be read as an autobiography of Dr. McCarthy covering his first year as a practicing intern. But it is best read as a memoir.
   He has a sense of humor which is needed in the profession. There is pressure and rewards. For the new doctors there is a lot to learn. Not everything was covered in the curriculum of the medical school. Much has to be learned one on one in the hospital training.
   Medicine is both a science and an art. The science is the knowledge you acquire and the art is the patient interaction.
   Doctor McCarthy presents us with a window to gaze through. You follow him through the ups and downs of caring for patients and also getting along with other medical personal.
   You will see how he handles bad news and good news. He doesn’t present himself as a saint on a pedestal.
   This book was sent free from blogging for Books ( for the purpose of reviewing. No requirement to give a positive review was stipulated.
   The views expressed are the reviewer’s and not the publisher’s.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Man, Myth, Messiah by Rice Broocks

What? Another book on apologetics? Do we really need this?
   Yes. Because unfortunately, once again the skeptic is trying to shake up the believer.
   We are told to always be ready to give an answer for our belief. That is what the realm of apologetics is all about. It is not apologizing for something but giving facts to back up what you believe.
   Broocks seems to feel a need to once again prove the existence of a man called Jesus and the resurrection story. He sees skeptics again trying to say Jesus is a myth.
   A common accusation of skeptics is that Christians believe in the resurrection merely because the Bible says so. And if they can disprove the Bible account, they feel they have won the battle.
   There are proofs. All proofs can be found in history. His crucifixion by a man called Pontius Pilate, a Roman leader, is historical. There is an empty tomb and that also is historical.
   I felt the author was fair with the discussion. The facts are presented in an easy to understand and digest manner. The reader will have to stop from time to time in the reading and think through the conclusions. Whether you agree with the facts or not, the way it is set down will give you much to consider.
   This book was sent to me gratis from ( for the purpose of this review. I was not required to give a positive review and the conclusions reached are mine and not those of the publisher.