Life, Death, and in between: Tales of Clinical Neurology

Life, Death, and in between: Tales of Clinical Neurology

by Harold L. Klawans

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Library Journal
Klawans (neurology, Rush Univ., Chicago) increases his series of books based upon his professional experiences ( Trials of an Expert Witness , LJ 3/15/91; Newton's Madness: Further Tales of Clinical Neurology , HarperCollins, 1990; and Toscanini's Fumble and Other Tales of Clinical Neurology , Contemporary Bks., 1988). Here, he recounts such philosophical and ethical dilemmas as treating an obviously dying patient, risking serum hepatitis from blood transfusions for pregnant women, dealing with overprotective family members, misdiagnosing ailments, confronting the environment in which death occurs (in hospitals instead of at home), removing life support systems for comatose patients, and more. Klawans is again the masterful and compassionate storyteller, and his book is interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining. A medical dictionary may be necessary for those not versed in medical language. Recommended for most public and academic libraries; appropriate as a reader in or where philosophy or medical ethics classes are taught.-- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
The popular neurologist/writer (Toscanini's Fumble and Newton's Madness, among other works) tells more stories of his patients and the evolution of his own medical thinking. The lack of an index and references is unfortunate; they would enhance this collection of cases considerably. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
William Beatty
Klawans is an accomplished writer as well as an outstanding neurologist, especially in the field of parkinsonism. His case-history essays not only tell the troubles and successes of his patients but demonstrate the power of pharmaceutical companies and medical politics. In passing, Klawans also cites his being refused the chairmanship of his department at his medical school, the availability of new drugs, and the covering up of poor medical and hospital practice. He firmly believes in the importance of good physician-patient relationships, of which the story of Emil Michaels with his posttraumatic syringomelia is an excellent example. Other essays concern an overbearing wife, a painting scam, and a difficult negative proof for a patient convinced she had leprosy, and the pieces on Nazi physicians, anti-Semitism, fetal tissue research, and Jack Kevorkian are especially potent and thought-provoking. However all-encompassing the title may be, the book's readership deserves to be just as broad.

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Paragon House Publishers
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