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Alpha Docs

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Alpha Docs by Daniel Muñoz and James M. Dale
Aug 11, 2015 | ISBN 9781588369536

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“From the book’s beginning, Dr. Daniel Muñoz captivates readers with [the] life-changing story that decided his future. . . . Alpha Docs thoroughly allows readers to understand how cardiologists are made. Highly recommended.”—Medical Library Association
“In simple, compelling prose, Alpha Docs captures the reader’s attention with gripping case histories, the astonishing breadth and complexity of top-notch medical training, and often wry, sometimes pointed character sketches of the attending physicians who trained Muñoz.”Hopkins Medicine magazine

“An insider’s view of the high-stakes world of cardiology, Alpha Docs offers a vivid and fast-paced exploration of the cauldron that creates doctors in the twenty-first century.”—Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D., author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
“[A] heartfelt medical-education memoir . . . a successful portrayal of just how hard it is, intellectually, emotionally, and physically, to train as a physician specialist.”Booklist
“A firsthand account of [Muñoz’s] training as a cardiologist at the elite Johns Hopkins Hospital . . . This engaging book will interest those considering a career in medicine as well as readers who want to learn more about cardiology. A solid choice for aspiring doctors and armchair practitioners.”Library Journal
“Muñoz recounts his year as a cardiology fellow at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University Hospital, in this memoir of his search for more experience and wisdom—and his place in medicine. . . . Muñoz begins to find his niche in the medical world, and his journey will inspire doctors in training and patients alike.”Publishers Weekly

“[A] satisfying immersion into what medical specialization requires . . . There is polish to the patient vignettes, giving them deeply human appeal. . . . The book is enjoyably idiosyncratic and elucidative.”Kirkus Reviews
Alpha Docs is a compelling and informative account of the training of a cardiologist at John Hopkins Medical School, my own alma mater. The outstanding tradition set by the school’s founders has had a lasting influence on my career, and Dr. Muñoz carries  on that tradition. In his quest to personify the archetype of ‘the ideal healer,’ Muñoz exhibits knowledge, wisdom, largeness of mind and heart, and an admirable degree of aequanimitas (clear judgment in moments of grave peril).”—Denton A. Cooley, Ph.D., founder and surgeon-in-chief, the Texas Heart Institute and author of 100,000 Hearts: A Surgeon’s Memoir
“With the complexities of medicine and its potential depersonalization ever increasing, Dr. Muñoz’s extraordinary book captures the humanity and nuance necessary for preparing the doctors of the twenty-first century.”—David A. Meyerson, M.D., J.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine, national spokesperson, American Heart Association

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