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Freaky Friday

November 13, 2009

On a recent visit to DC, I made a brief foray into Kramerbooks, where I had the good fortune to stumble across Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science. This book, by Atul Gawande, provides an eye-opening look at what goes on behind the scenes. Medicine is messy, he argues, filled with unknowns and human error.

Because of Atul’s book, I now know that there are an estimated 17 million to 21 million Americans that are afraid of Friday the 13th. Apparently there is a word for this condition: paraskevidekatriaphobia. Who knew? Thanks, Atul. And happy Friday the 13th.

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  1. November 13, 2009 12:07 pm

    Cool, I never knew that. So did you buy the book? I’ll have to take a look at it if I ever get to NY lol 🙂

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