I was recommended recently by a resident friend of mine to read Complications, written by Atul Gawande, a surgical resident. He breaks down his experience as a doctor, from doctors making mistakes to the feeling of attending his first convention of surgeons. also, he ties his own experiences to the experience of surgeons as a whole by citing various studies on surgeons, etc. i found it a great read because it really exposes the world of surgery in a way that allows the general reader to develop an empathy for what a typical surgeon goes through. i imagine that if i were a surgical resident, which i'm not, i would find the reading cathartic. have u run across a book about medicine (of course, non-textbook) that has left a unique impression?