Diagnosis : Dispatches from the Frontlines of Medical Mysteries Hardback
by Lisa Sanders
You're a doctor, faced with a 22-year-old woman who is dying before your eyes.
Previously fit, happy, and rarely ill now she's wasting away, confined to a hospital bed.
Test results are abnormal but inexplicable; a dozen other doctors have seen her but none have been able to figure out what's wrong.
It's your job to save her. Where do you start? In movies diagnosis is the one-liner that separates the fascinating symptoms from the initiation of life-saving therapy.
But in reality it's a difficult, delicate blend of sophisticated technology and hands-on assessment.
How a diagnosis is made is the most complex and exciting tale that doctors tell. "Diagnosis" combines the drama of House with the living, breathing world of real hospitals and real patients.
Sanders, a practicing doctor, leads us from the moment the patient first appears, through the calculus of making a diagnosis, the necessary prerequisite to effective treatment.
An endlessly fascinating medical detective story, "Diagnosis" opens up as never before the finer workings of the human body, and celebrates the dedicated physicians who we may all someday need to trust with our lives.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/08/2009
- Category: Medicine: general issues
- ISBN: 9781848310728
- Paperback from £7.69
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Review by dudara
Diagnosis: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Medical Mysteries is a collection of case studies and thoughtful insights into the technique of diagnosis. Lisa Sanders is a medical doctor, staff member at Yale University School of Medicine and technical advisor to the hit T.V. show, House. She is the author of the popular monthly Diagnosis column in New York Times Magazine.Diagnosis focuses on the challenges faced by doctors when attempting to diagnose the cause of a patient's illness. Sanders explores tools such as the traditional physical exam, the knowledge accumulated by individual doctors and the ever-increasing use of diagnostics such as CAT, MRI and echocardigraphs.Interpersed between all these aspects are a collection of short tales - each recounting a particular medical mystery. Each case study clearly illustrates and highlights the relevant topic under discussion. From West Nile disease to the uncommon CannabinoidHyperemesis, Sanders takes the reader through a wide range of medical puzzles and the challenges facing today's doctors.In an world with an ever-increasing amount of medical knowledge, a large dependence on technology, and decreasing use of the traditional exam, how will tomorrow's doctors fare? It makes the reader aware of the fact that doctors are human too, not all-knowing oracles of truth. Diagnosis is written in clear English, and is more than suitable for a non-medical person to pcik up and read. A very interesting and honest book.