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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.