The Deadly Dinner Party & Other Medical Detective Stories

The Deadly Dinner Party & Other Medical Detective Stories

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Picking up where Berton Roueché’s The Medical Detectives left off, The Deadly Dinner Party presents fifteen edge-of-your-seat, real-life medical detective stories written by a practicing physician. Award-winning author Jonathan Edlow, M.D., shows the doctor as detective and the epidemiologist as elite sleuth in stories that are as gripping as the best thrillers.

In these stories a notorious stomach bug turns a suburban dinner party into a disaster that almost claims its host; a diminutive woman routinely eats more than her football-playing boyfriend but continually loses weight; a young executive is diagnosed with lung cancer, yet the tumors seem to wax and wane inexplicably. Written for the lay person who wishes to better grasp how doctors decipher the myriad clues and puzzling symptoms they often encounter, each story presents a very different case where doctors must work to find the accurate diagnosis before it is too late. Edlow uses his unique ability to relate complex medical concepts in a writing style that is clear, engaging and easily understandable. The resulting stories both entertain us and teach us much about medicine, its history and the subtle interactions among pathogens, humans, and the environment.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780300154993
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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nftaussig Jun 17, 2012

Jonathan A. Edlow, a professor at Harvard Medical School who specializes in emergency medicine, presents fifteen case studies in which doctors are presented with symptoms whose cause is difficult to diagnose. In each case study, Edlow explains the steps the attending physicians and epidemiologists take to make the diagnosis; the possible diagnoses that the physicians consider, and why some of the possible diagnoses can be excluded; and how the case was resolved. Some of these discussions also touch on the history of medicine. The cases address several medical issues, including food poisoning, tick bites, workplace hazards, and the dangers of unregulated dietary supplements. The focus of the case studies is not so much the diagnoses themselves, but the process through which those diagnoses are made. While Edlow's explanation of the potential diagnoses are fascinating, the resolution of the case under consideration sometimes seems like an afterthought.


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