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Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Penguin Group 2012 499 pages

Thinking Fast and SlowI have reviewed this book for AMS after mentioning some of its content to your editorial board. It was a summer read not for its ‘lightness’ but because the ‘non tired time’ enabled it to be read with diligence. Daniel Kahneman is one of the world’s leading psychologists and received the Nobel prize in Economics in 2002 – the only non-economist to have done so. He, along with his collaborator Amos Tverksy who died in 1996, spent a career looking at the thinking that goes into human behaviour. Therefore, it’s a satisfying read because it relates to ourselves, our relationships, our patients, our institutions and the wider global society. It’s appropriate to AMS because perhaps for medicine, anatomy is for the first age (structure) physiology the second age (function) and psychology integrating structure, function and thinking.

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