Every Patient Tells a Story



Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis

Author Lisa Sanders, MD is a consultant on the hit TV show House (a personal favorite of mine) and uses her knowledge of the series for some of the basis of her book, Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis.

I enjoyed reading this book as I travelled from work and really enjoyed the case studies illustrating her various points. I also loved the way she took Gregory House to task for his lack of listening to the patient (House’s opinion: “Patients Lie”) whereas the point of the book is to listen to the patient because each one has a unique story. If the Doctors would only listen, more diagnosis would be made in a timely manner; never mind the lost art of the physical examination an intregal part of the patient’s story.

All in all, I enjoyed this book a great deal. It will make a great re-read down the road.

Recommended with 4/5 stars.

(Originally published on Live Journal: Serenade in Blue blog on 24 April 2011)

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