Last year I read or listened to a lot of books. Some fantastic, some mediocre. By the end of the year I had a fair list of books that I had found interesting or powerful. This year while continuing to consume new content I plan to revisit some of the best books I have read in the past hopefully to pick up even more on a second pass.
I have been thinking a lot lately about standardised responses to questions or situations. I don’t just mean using things like OHI postcards even though I think they are invaluable (here if you haven’t seen them: http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/ohi-postcards). But rather standardised responses to the awkward situations such as a patient questioning why dentistry is “so expensive!”. Today I will be considering how to respond to patients who can’t make up their mind about what they want to do.
When reading and reviewing books I am always mindful that, depending on genre and content, most books have a target audience of who will enjoy it and who will most benefit from it. That knowledge of genre and content influences how I consider the book. It is rare that I find a "universal" book, i.e. one that I think has the potential to benefit and interest almost any member of the human race. Paul Kalanithi's book When breath becomes air however is such a book.
Dr Chris Harper