There is nothing worse than reading a book in which it seems as though the author hasn’t done their research. What kind of books are these, you ask?

These are nonfiction books on a subject you know well that have so many factual errors that you feel you should read it with a red pencil. I am a psychiatrist and it seems to me that some authors who write about mental health lead with their opinions and not with knowledge.

These are fiction books in which the author has captured some aspect of the setting or characters or plot that just doesn’t make sense. This happened to me once with a mystery story that included courtroom scenes. I enjoyed it so much that I loaned it to a lawyer I know who told me that the courtroom scenes I found so good were completely inauthentic. Ugh!

Sometimes this can be a risk for the reader. For example, I have recently read several articles and one book about cataract surgery, because I just had one cataract removed today. As I read through the preparatory material provided by my doctor, I realized that some of the information I had found was incorrect.

In this Friday book blog, I usually try to review and talk about books that I have liked and found useful, but perhaps I need to rethink this.

What do you think?

(This image is the front of a great short tape – the image helps with my message, but the tape is worth the 2 minutes it takes to watch it.)

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