All in all, the book was quite readable and informative though I kept hearing her voice in my head as I read. I'm not starting with a potpourri of baffling symptoms and trying to arrive at a diagnosis. In this compelling book, she opens the black box of diagnosis and lets us look inside. Sam died of pneumonia, and he had tested positive for Strep A. If you select a health category rather than a specific study, doctors who have active studies in that area may contact you to ask if you would like to participate. Lisa Sanders' work reminds me of a medical file in that it's a disorganized collectio I didn't think it was possible for a book about medical problems to bore me. In this high-tech world of modern medicine, Sanders shows us that knowledge, while essential, is not sufficient to unravel the complexities of illness.
Wainapel and a patient goes, which is basically how every doctors visits go. The normal skittishness of an eight years old was absent in him. A nurse had informed his mother, Megan, that her son had croup. For instance, in this case of Jamal, several diseases could make this problem- we doctors call them differential diagnosis. These books usually mesmerize me. She cites quite a bit of reasearch supporting her contention but is clearly not dismissive of the value of medical testing in conjunction with the physical exam.
She goes on to give an example of another case when people tend to miss something when they are too busy focusing on something else. The doctor treating the patient was able to come up with the diagnoses based on one symptom that they had noticed. The Medical Mystery bits were definitely my favorites. Boredom may not be an illness, but in this review, equating the two seems appropriate. It reminded me of the humanity of doctors.
While it did work and the patient has been symptom free of his thoracic outlet syndrome problem, adson's maneuver is not very well heard of and many doctors question to know if it is worth something. Lisa Sanders is the most acute observer of health care in America. I will never forget the first time a pdeiatrician stood next to me as I looked at a baby's spinal fluid and when I told him there were no white cells in the fluid it looked completely normal he seemed baffled. Through the miracle of FaceBook, after several decades we reconnected. Many of these maneuvers don't work. The This title is far more a memoir than it is a book that is directly focused on the subject matter of the title.
Sure the author throw us a bone here and there, in the form of a very brief patient case, then followed by yet another 50 pages about the physical exam and 10 more pages full of statistics about how doctors don't know how to use a stethoscope. But far more complex than just a story. An illustration of a medical mystery that should not have been the case is that of the patient with pernicious anemia referred to above. The ability to give this unnerving and unfamiliar place a name, to know it—on some level—restores a measure of control, independent of whether or not that diagnosis comes attached to a cure. I think there is a lot in this book that can help doctors become better listeners and diagnosticians. A big part of helping doctors diagnose patients comes from physical exams, although there are a few techniques that overtime have turned out to be useless.
For those interested in the case history type thing I recommend instead Oliver Sachs Awakening and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat I was a little disappointed in this book. And jumps to various chapter headings which almost randomly center on different aspects or various instruments of the patient physical examination by the medical doctor. Instead, the further I read, the more I felt repulsed by the book. I have the diagnosis: boredom -- so my task is to identify the causes. But what sets her apart is her Holmes-like eye for the clues—and her un-Holmes-like compassion for those who suffer.
The man had an anxious face- definitely for his son. The ability to give this unnerving and unfamiliar place a name, to know it—on some level—restores a measure of control, independent of whether or not that diagnosis comes attached to a cure. Often, I will come to know a patient eventhough I never see their face through their lab resutls. As is made obvious from the breakdown above, the book is really a lot more about diagnosis than about medical mysteries, which disappointed me somewhat as I was rather looking forward to a Sherlock Holmes-esque book, like a collection of stories of strange cases and extraordinary diagnoses made by doctors and subsequently collected by Sanders — in short, I was expecting a book that read like a compilation of House, M. Lung abscess was one of the differential diagnosis and the most probable one. I am so grateful that Amy let me read this book. Medical Schools are trying to imprint the importance of physical exams on their students, but based on what Sanders said, I don't believe that many future doctors will see physical exams as an importance.
Unfortunately, uh, there are hardly any patient stories. Written by a physician I respect and a writer I love, the book is filled with intriguing diagnostic dilemmas that will draw you in, and with human stories that will linger in your mind—and heart—long after you are done. Without an accurate diagnosis it is not possible to provide treatment that works in the large majority of cases. No, I had definitely not seen a gorilla. The tales here crackle with suspense. The chapters on Lyme disease which is uncommon in my country and digital diagnosis are enlightening as well.
Sanders shows how the declining practice of the physical exam, as well as problems in teaching it, have left American doctors lacking a vital skill that could have allowed them to diagnose an illness properly, or sooner While Sanders is quick to clarify that the physical exam is not infallible, she does emphasize the fact that it teaches necessary skills every good doctor should have — not least that of careful observation, which is crucial in figuring out just what is wrong with the patient. When the doctors found out it was the weed that made her feel this way they told the patient. The professor advised him an X-ray and blood test. A bearded-man in a knee long panjabi with his wife peeked through the door. Doctors are human, of course, and one can hardly blame them for making mistakes precisely because they are human, but what this book shows is that sometimes, those mistakes are made due to sheer carelessness. The ability to give this unnerving and unfamiliar place a name, to know it—on some level—restores a measure of control, independent of whether or not that diagnosis comes attached to a cure. And yet, while the human brain is the most powerful analytical tool doctors have when it comes to coming up with diagnoses, it is also potentially the weakest.