Behind many of the current debates about the provision of health care lies the fundamental question: what is the purpose of the medical profession? ...Show synopsisBehind many of the current debates about the provision of health care lies the fundamental question: what is the purpose of the medical profession? Is it the traditional aim of bringing health and preserving the sanctity of life, or the "new medicine" of relieving pain and making choices over limited resources? Until now we have enjoyed the benefits of the Hippocratic Oath in which doctors commit themselves to the interests of the patient made in God's image. But recently, argues this book, a different standard has threatened seriously to undermine the Christian foundations of the healing professions. The crisis goes far beyond the issues of abortion and euthanasia: the battle is on for the very soul of health care itself - one that must be won and can be won, according to Dr Cameron.Hide synopsis
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This is the sequel to The Book of the Dun Cow. It isn't necessary to read the other one, but I recommend it highly.
In my whole life, I have only cried while reading two books. One of them is Where the Red Fern Grows. The other one is this book.
So yes, this book is sad. And at one point, I simply had to put the book down to let myself cry. You know, that's a rare experience, and in a strange way, very refreshing. But it's not because of some gimmicky thing. Wangerin earns it by getting you to actually love and care for these animal characters.
I have respect for writers with that kind of skill.
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