Every Patient Tells a Story

Every Patient Tells a Story : Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis

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A healthy young man suddenly loses his memory, making him unable to remember the events of each passing hour. Two patients diagnosed with Lyme disease improve after antibiotic treatment, only to have their symptoms mysteriously return. A young woman lies dying in the ICU, and none of her doctors know what is killing her. Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders takes us bedside to witness the process of solving these and other diagnostic dilemmas, providing a firsthand account of the expertise and intuition that lead a doctor to make the right diagnosis. In this high-tech world of modern medicine, Sanders shows us that knowledge, while essential, is not sufficient to unravel the complexities of illness. She presents an unflinching look inside the detective story that marks nearly every illness, revealing the combination of uncertainty and intrigue that doctors face when confronting patients who are sick or dying.
Through dramatic stories of patients with baffling symptoms, Sanders portrays the absolute necessity and surprising difficulties of getting the patient's story, the challenges of the physical exam, the pitfalls of doctor-to-doctor communication, the vagaries of tests, and the near calamity of diagnostic errors.
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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 23mm | 404g
  • Viking Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0670073873
  • 9780670073870

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Lisa Sanders, M. D., an internist on the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine, writes the monthly column 'Diagnosis' for the New York Times Magazine and serves as technical advisor on the TV show House. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
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