The 20 all-time most unpopular book reviews on The Doctors Bookshelf

This is meant to be the season to publicise our successes

And silently bemoan our failures.

It’s the time to look back at what went right

And quietly resolve to redress what went wrong.

I gloated about the most popular book reviews of 2016

And basked in the glory of the best book reviews of 2017.

This time I am throwing away conventional wisdom

And dispensing with hallowed tradition.

I am putting my worst foot forward…

And washing the proverbial dirty linen in public.

I am going with the least popular book reviews of all times!

And there are good reasons for overturning the standard practice.

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This blog was set up to review only books that are  good enough…

Essential reading to recommend to all doctors.

And most of the book reviews have been run-away successes…

Savoured and lapped up by hundreds of readers.

Take the most popular book review of all time…

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

It had >2400 views.

Or The Innovators Prescription by Clayton M. Christensen et al…

And 2030: The Future of Medicine by Richard Barker

Each with >1500 views.

The Essence of Vigilance. phil Dolby on Flikr.

But the bottom of the list is anything but triumphal

There is no cause for exultation.

20 of the 90 book reviews of the last three years…

Garnered <50 views each.

Why, when all these books are excellent works…

Among them many personal favourites.

Thinking. Creative Ignition on Flikr.

So why are some book titles not attracting enough attention?

And, I admit, each review was garnished in sweat!

If it’s just pot luck

Then there is a way…

To redress this hurtful unfairness.

A blog post to trumpet the 20 most unpopular book reviews.

And why not?

Head in Hands. Alex Proimos on Flikr.



 John Kay


The Seven Sins of Memory

Daniel Schacter


The Golden Book on Writing

David Lambuth


The Human Contribution

James Reason


Patient Safety

Charles Vincent


The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine

John Le Fanu


Big Data

Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier



Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


The Wisdom of Crowds

James Surowiecki


The Elements of Style

William Strunk and E.B. White



Havi Carel


The Bright Side

Kate Granger



Ian Leslie



Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner



Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


The Field Guide

Sidney Dekker



Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler



Leonard Mlodinow



Albert-Laszlo Barabasi



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot



OK, I understand you still want to know what the all-time top 20 book reviews are.

 OK here they are then:


20. The Art of Thinking Clearly

19. Talking with Patients and Families about Medical Error

18. Gut Feelings

17. The Patient’s Guide to Preventing Medical Errors

16. Cutting for Stone

15. Better

14. On Becoming a Leader

13. The Logic of Failure

12. Willpower

11. The Patient Will See You Now

10. Plain Words

9. Do No Harm

8. The Stupidity Paradox

7. Minimizing Medical Mistakes

6. The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND the Human Touch

5. Empathy

4. Impulse

3. 2030 The Future of Medicine: Avoiding a Medical Meltdown

2. The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow


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