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Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite
Warrior Patient by Temple Williams is a true story about one man's struggle to survive a series of medical problems over the space of three years. It's a witty story full of unexpected humor, which is sometimes deadpan and sometimes cheerful. The aim of this book is clear: educate the unsuspecting public on the follies of the medical system. Recognize the importance of good healthcare. Be aware and alert regarding the medical condition and treatments you have, with all the risks involved. Essentially what Williams wants to show the world is the difference between being a “warrior patient” and a “medical dope.”
The book is effective, and the humor makes these important messages much more pleasant to digest. The chapters end with simple but compelling messages regarding how to be a warrior patient. However, half way through, you realize another unstated recommendation of the book is to take the medical experience seriously. The humor is natural, and each page carries the surprises, angst, discoveries, and wit of an ill man determined to survive an unfortunate series of events. It's a refreshing book that takes us away from the ubiquitous medical drama approach to depicting the medical world in a down to earth way by showing us the struggles and witty observations of the common patient.
The book is written in the second person. This makes it more direct. The overall effect is that you feel as if the events of this book, although unlucky, could happen to anyone. It's his death-defying spirit, a keen eye for details, the quest for truth, and an infallible sense of humor which make Williams a great writer.