Doctor’s Books

Last year we added two new partners to our group. It is good that our practice is growing and there’s now ten of us Pulmonary and Critical Care doctors in our team.

The downside to this growth is that our limited office space can barely accommodate our expansion. Storage spaces and closets have been turned into patient’s examination rooms. ┬áThe other thing that has to give is our personal spaces. Before each one of us have an office room, but now it was converted into one large room that we share together. Though we still have our own desk and a corner or side of the room where we hang our diplomas and personal photos or mementos.

We now also have a common book shelf that we share where we placed our valued textbooks even though they are outdated. As you know, a medical textbook is only good for a couple of years, like our smartphones, as new and revised version comes out every so often with updates of the latest studies and findings.

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Many of the books here in the shelf were published more than a decade ago, and thus they are obsolete and are only good for showcase. Note how thick and heavy many of these books. I can’t avow though that we read them from cover to cover. But perhaps just displaying them make us feel confident and smart.

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From “Medical Dictionary,” to basic science “Lung Cell Biology,” and to our specialty’s bible “Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,” I can say that at some point in time I referred to these books.

But there’s one book in the shelf that caught my attention recently, as it may be out-of-place. It is not my book, and I dare not ask whose book it is among my partners.

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Did you spot the book?

In case you still not sure what book I’m referring to, I pulled it off the book shelf and here it is:

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Perhaps it’s a book of one of the young children of my partners. Perhaps a partner of mine reads this book for relaxation. Or perhaps this book is an inspiration or has a special meaning for one of them. After all, considering where we came from and where we are now in our state of life, it is a realization of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” And as a transplant from a foreign land, this really rings true for me.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.

Maybe it really belongs to this shelf among other medical books. Besides, this book is also authored by some famous doctor. Dr. Seuss, that is.

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Post Note: “Oh the Places You’ll Go” was first published in 1990, and the last book published by the author in his lifetime. Even though Dr. Seuss is well-known as children’s book author and illustrator, this particular book is a popular gift for students graduating from high school and even college.

(*photos taken with an iPhone)

 

Love of Reading

Despite of the popular belief that doctors like me are nerds and like reading books for their past time, I for one am not. Outside from my school textbooks and professional journals (which does not mean I enjoy reading them), there were only a handful of books that I have read. I rather watch TV or a movie, or better yet, just stare blankly outside the window and daydream. (I can invent a book report though.)

I don’t even read instruction manuals, much to the chagrin of my wife, as I try to build newly bought things that need self-assembly without reading the manual first. That goes without saying that sometimes I assembled them improperly.Then I am forced to read the manual.

There are a few books, however, that interest me. Last year, my friend, Jenny, who is the most widely read person I know and whose book collection might rival the Library of Congress (OK, I exaggerated a little bit, but just a little bit), gave me some books (Bob Ong books) that I enjoyed very much. In fact, I read them in one sitting. Well, because the books were not thick at all.

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But last Christmas, I received as a gift from my wife, a set of books that I really, really like. I was introduced to this books when I was in Medical School. I had a couple of this series before, but now my wife gave me the whole collection of the works of this renowned author. I have difficulty putting the books down once I started reading them. These books will be a treasure to our home library, at least from my perspective.

I really like my new gift of books. Got to go now, I have to go back to my reading………….”The Complete Collection of Calvin and Hobbes.”

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