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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Sanders Narrator: Lisa Sanders Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders.

“The experience of being ill can be like waking up in a foreign country. Life, as you formerly knew it, is on hold while you travel through this other world as unknown as it is unexpected. When I see patients in the hospital or in my office who are suddenly, surprisingly ill, what they really want to know is, ‘What is wrong with me?’ They want a road map that will help them manage their new surroundings. The ability to give this unnerving and unfamiliar place a name, to know it, on some level, restores a measure of control, independent of whether or not that diagnosis comes attached to a cure. Because, even today, a diagnosis is frequently all a good doctor has to offer.”

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 intensive care unit—bleeding, jaundiced, incoherent—and none of her doctors know what is killing her.

In Every Patient Tells a Story, 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Micky | 2/19/2014

    " A friend suggested this book and I thought it would be dreadfully masochistic to read in my current situation. It has helped me be proactive with my medical issue and not just wait for the doctors to figure it out. I am determined to work with my doctors, but I will not sit idly by while they give up when they can't find an answer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate | 2/14/2014

    " I loved this book! Lisa Sanders offers an insightful look into the process of diagnosis and the status of the medical field. The book is the perfect combination of personal stories and details about the medicine behind the diseases. I was intrigued by the commentary on how medicine is taught and the value of the physical exam. The field of medicine has changed radically as technology has improved and Sanders does a wonderful job of describing how this change will continue to influence the field. Great read! Definitely worth it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 2/11/2014

    " I had never really realized the importance of our (the patient's) role in helping doctors assess and figure out what is "wrong" with us. Lisa Sanders critically examines the state of the modern diagnoses, shedding light on some interesting and important findings. She illustrates her points beautifully with riveting doctor-patient stories, interesting cases that led to the development of the TV show House. Excelling writing, intriguing puzzles, and a bit of a wake-up call, this is a must-read for anyone who has ever been or ever will be a patient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/8/2014

    " I saw this one come past the check-in desk at work and it caught my eye. I'm not familiar with Dr. Sander's previous work - she writes a column in the NY times and consults for the TV series House. Her writing style is direct and engaging and she includes many fascinating case studies to illustrate her points. The book breaks down like this: Part One is a discussion about the stories that patients tell about their illnesses, and how physicians utilize the stories to create a "profile" of the diagnosis. If patient is embarrassed to tell all, or the physician interrupts before the story is fully told, crucial details can be missed. Part Two discusses the demise of the thorough physical exam, and its vital importance to the physician's diagnostic toolkit. Part Three talks about the limitations of certain medical tests and their sometimes subjective interpretation, and Part Four explores the limits of every physician's memory. The study of medicine is so vast and ever-changing, it would seem that no one could hold all that in their memory. Could computers be a help? The last part of the book discusses computerized diagnostic aids, and Googling for a diagnosis. "

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About the Author

Lisa Sanders, MD, 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 Fox TV’s House, M.D. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.