Three new books written by medical doctors offer insights into how they do their work.
Almost Home: Stories of Hope and the Human Spirit in the Neonatal ICU (Kaplan) by Christine Gleason, M.D., recounts a neonatologist's experiences dealing with the medical problems of premature infants and the emotional impact on their families.
Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounter With Mortality and Miracles (Wellness Central) by Keith Black, M.D., is the memoir of an African-American boy in the civil rights-era South who grew up to become a prominent neurosurgeon.
The Orange Wire Problem and Other Tales From the Doctor's Office (Iovva) by David Watts, M.D., collects quirky essays by a San Francisco doctor who is also a poet, musician, TV host and master storyteller.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor