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Symptoms of Unknown Origin: A Medical Odyssey
     

Symptoms of Unknown Origin: A Medical Odyssey

by Clifton K. Meador M.D.
 
Recounting fascinating case studies, Dr. Clifton Meador shows how physicians can recognize and treat patients with symptoms that might at first appear imaginary or unconnected to disease. In chapters like "The Woman Who Believed She Was a Man" and "The Diarrhea of Agnes," Meador reveals both the considerable harm that can result from wrong diagnoses of nonexistent

Overview

Recounting fascinating case studies, Dr. Clifton Meador shows how physicians can recognize and treat patients with symptoms that might at first appear imaginary or unconnected to disease. In chapters like "The Woman Who Believed She Was a Man" and "The Diarrhea of Agnes," Meador reveals both the considerable harm that can result from wrong diagnoses of nonexistent diseases and the methods he developed to help patients with chronic symptoms not defined by a medical disease. Throughout the book, he recommends subsequent studies to test his observations, and he urges full application of the scientific method to the doctor-patient relationship.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: In this beautiful book, the author, an experienced internist and endocrinologist, shares the stories of his patients who had challenging symptoms or problems that could not be resolved when they were treated according to the prevailing biomedical model of disease. The author shares his gifts as a physician in a way from which we can all abundantly learn.
Purpose: The book artfully illustrates that for many patients that we encounter, an expanded model of disease is necessary to understand, enlist, and direct them to uncover the causes of symptoms which henceforth could not be explained by the narrower biomedical model. To be able to help a patient decipher or demystify a complex situation, usually at the same time simplifying the patient's medical regimen, can only be a worthy goal.
Audience: Physicians already in practice are likely to most appreciate the complexity and depth of the scenarios described. Dr Meador's writing is powerfully provocative in spite of his humble voice. This book should be read by all physicians.
Features: The author describes several patients that were in his care over his 50-year career. Each patient's story illustrates fascinating circumstances and Dr. Meador brings us into his doctor-patient relationships to understand and appreciate how he navigated the course.
Assessment: This book is a gem. It should be read by all physicians.
4 Stars! from Doody
From the Publisher

Clifton Meador is undoubtedly a gifted clinician but his greater gift is his uncanny ability to capture and define the problems in medicine for which there are no easy labels and no easy cures. Meador's thoughtful, anecdotal style allows every reader entry into that most complex of subjects: body and mind in health and disease.
--Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner

. . . it is rare to find an articulate, analytic account of experience, and even rarer to see how it happened. Unlike a magician, Meador not only shows the empty hat but also where the rabbit was hidden. . . Meador taught himself to eschew mind-body dualism and to expand the range of communication between physicians and patients that can illuminate the meanings of symptoms. For these reasons, I recommend Meador's Medical Odyssey to family physicians who may be fellow travelers.
--Family Medicine

We owe Dr. Clifton Meador . . . a debt of gratitude for teaching us techniques to more effectively listen to the stories our patients want to tell.
--Journal of the American Medical Association

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826514745
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Clifton K. Meador, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College as well as director of the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance. He is the author of eight books, including A Little Book of Doctors’ Rules and Med School: A Collection of Stories of Medical School, 1951 to 1955.

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