Modern technology has given rise to electronic medical
records, remote monitoring systems, and satellite-enabled real-time
examinations in which patient and physician might be separated by
thousands of miles. Yet, when it comes to diagnosing difficult cases,
the clinician’s strongest asset might just be one of the oldest tools of
the medical profession—careful listening. True Medical Detective Stories
is a fascinating compendium of nineteen true-life medical cases, each
solved by clinical deduction and facilitated by careful listening. These
accounts present puzzling low-tech cases–most of them serious, some
humorous–that were solved either at the bedside or by epidemiological
Dr. Clifton Meador’s book is a wonderful contribution to the
genre of medical detective stories mastered by the legendary Berton
Roueché. As a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1944 until his
death fifty years later, Roueché popularized this form, which has
provided source material for feature films and most recently supplied
scenarios featured in medical television dramas, such as House. While
Hollywood frequently oversimplifies and elides the real clinical
situations, True Medical Detective Stories sets the record
straight with a voice of authority and an engaging style rooted in the
fact that most of the cases presented involve Dr. Meador’s actual
patients. Dr. Meador discovered Berton Roueché’s writing as a teenager,
when he first read Eleven Blue Men. In an astonishing twist of
fate, Roueché, in later years, traveled to Nashville to meet with Dr.
Meador and discuss one of his cases, with Roueché’s account published
posthumously under the title, The Man Who Grew Two Breasts. In a
fitting tribute to Roueché, this perplexing case is revisited by Dr.
Meador in the opening chapter of this highly enjoyable book. True Medical Detective Stories
is a captivating read that will keep you marveling over the
idiosyncrasies of the human body and the ingenuity of the human mind.
Here Is Mine!
I was happy to get a copy of True Medical Detective Stories by Clifton K Meador, MD. I like that this book is broken down into small chapters, each with a different true medical case. I like when I don't have much time, I can still read a chapter and get a full story from beginning to end.
I have been keeping it in my purse so when I am waiting for appointments etc I can pass the time with a good detective story. This is an easy read, that is interesting and makes you think. I like that these are true stories from a real MD. It gives a realistic insight. I enjoyed each chapter and it kept me wanting to read more. I found it well written and easy to understand.
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