riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors
do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders.
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.”
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.
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. Download and start listening now!