Clio in the Clinic

Clio in the Clinic : History in Medical Practice

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This set of essays on the benefits of history for medical practice is the first of its kind. 23 physicians, who are also accomplished historians, write autobiographically about how they use history in practicing medicine. Sometimes it suggests a brilliant diagnosis or effective treatment. At other times, it consoles and encourages, not with inspirational tales of discovery and triumph but with reminders of the timelessness of medical uncertainty, weariness, and despair. History also prescribes a sobering antidote for the arrogance that tracks life in medicine like an occupational hazard. The authors are from five countries and diverse specialties. Acclaimed writer and surgeon, Sherwin Nuland, describes the sudden presence of history in the operating room. Martensen, Bryan and Cule each discover a stalwart ally when they confront terrifying new plagues. Psychiatrists Belkin and Braslow rely on history to comprehend difficult patients (and themselves). To paediatricians, Markel, Baker, Schalick and Shein, and to the nephrologist Moss, it exposes the transience of diseases, both new and old.Internists Crenner, Humphreys and Moulin are guided by history through helplessness at the bedsides of the dying. Comfortable with crossing boundaries of time, historical learning eases travel over other boundaries of culture, race and more

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  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 30 black & white illustrations
  • 0195161270
  • 9780195161274

Table of contents

Clio in the clinic: an introduction; CONSULTING THE PAST; The night I fell in love with Clio; Speculum medicinae: Reflections of a medievalist-clinician; FACING EPIDEMICS; A wartime "plague" in Crotone; Plagues and patients; Coping with the HIV/AIDS epidemic; REVIVING DEFUNCT DISEASES; 'La crise'; Floating kidneys; Historical adventures in the newborn nursery: forgotten stories and syndromes; Susan and the Simmonds-Sheehan syndrome: medicine, history and literature; RECOGNIZING NEW DISEASES; The histories of a history: the boy, the baron, and the syndromes; Who says you have to crawl before you walk? Sudden infant death syndrome, crawling and medical history; MAKING A DIAGNOSIS; "An appalling sudden death" explained 75 years later; One blue nun; PRESCRIBING THE "RIGHT" TREATMENT; William Withering's wonderful weed; Dr Heisenberg, are you certain about the diagnosis?; EXPLAINING DIFFERENCES; Trust and the Tuskegee experiments; Beware the poor historian; We are all historians: thoughts about doing psychiatry; CONFRONTING FUTILITY; Timeless desperation and timely measures; A brief history of timelessness in medicine; How medical history helped me (almost) love a V.A. hospital; WHEN CLIO FALTERS; What do you know? Cancer, history and medical practice; Seeing through medical historyshow more

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