Every Patient Tells A Story

Every Patient Tells A Story

Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis

Book - 2009
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This work presents an unflinching look inside the detective story that marks nearly every illness - the diagnosis - revealing the combination of uncertainty and intrigue that doctors face when confronting patients who are sick or dying.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767922463
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.075 SAN
Characteristics: xxvii, 276 p. ; 24 cm


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ArapahoeJohanna Jul 24, 2018

The author uses real life medical mysteries to make the argument for the return of the physical exam. As physicians become more and more reliant on lab results and scans, the practice of physically examining patients and becoming acquainted with their bodies and symptoms is falling by the wayside. The author makes a compelling argument that technology alone will never be able to give doctors a complete picture of what's going on with their patients. It's a fascinating, witty book that's written to appeal to physicians and laypeople alike.

May 17, 2013

This book is for everyone who is interested in medicine, and should be must for doctors and future doctors.
I liked that the author is not defending doctors for their mistakes in diagnosis of diseases, I would say she is defending patients. It is rare in medical literature for general public. Usually doctors are trying explain what was wrong from the point of view that patients are mostly to blame. In this book she is strongly advocates for physical examination of the patient's body, actually touching and feeling, and not just relying on tests and are limiting the diagnosis attributing all symptoms to common diseases. Kind of Sherlock Holms work should be done by each of doctors, no matter of medical field.

ksoles May 19, 2011

I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately only because of what's become available from my library holds list. I enjoy the break from novels, though, and find that well-written books exploring the "real world" can be every bit as engaging. That's certainly the case with Lisa Sanders' first work. Dr. Sanders (Yale Med. Center) writes a fascinating monthly column for the New York Times magazine called "Diagnosis," in which she describes the process of diagnosing patients with strange, unpredictable and inexplicable symptoms.

Every Patient Tells a Story details the role of the physical exam in medicine, describing how doctors are taught the process, how hi-tech tests are replacing looking, listening and touching and how many medical errors are made when doctors neglect to either perform an exam or run appropriate tests.

The most interesting parts of the book are the specific case studies: everything from a patient who self-diagnoses her Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to one who lives for two years thinking she has Chronic Lymes Disease only to finally be diagnosed with a rare form of arthritis. Ultimately, the book argues that medicine is an art. Doctors are human and, thus, fallible, which provides no great comfort but at least makes the reader more sensitive to the intricacies of diagnosis.

Apr 20, 2011

This would be an excellent book for high school and university. Every one of us has the potential to be a patient, and the more we can learn, the more we can help doctors if we need to. It is also important to practice preventive medicine (ie your food is your medicine, moderate exercise, healthy lifestyle), but this doesn't guarantee you won't someday face a rare disease or a common one.

Oct 24, 2010

Every Patient Tells A Story
Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis
Sanders, Lisa

Read if for a second time. Informative and fast moving. Good for patients and doctors as well.

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