During his thirty-plus years of practicing in West Texas and Minnesota, physician and neurologist Tom Hutton discovered that a doctor’s best teachers are often his patients. From these (extra)ordinary individuals, he gained a whole-hearted respect for the resourcefulness, courage, and resilience of the human spirit.
Part memoir and part homage to those patients who faced major illness with grace, grit, and dignity, Carrying the Black Bag invites readers to experience what it is like to be a doctor’s hands, eyes, and heart. Imagine the joy of witnessing a critically ill five-year-old who, against all odds, claws her way back from a coma and near certain death. Meet a lonely Texas widower with Parkinson’s disease who hosts elaborate pinochle parties for a pack of imaginary canines. Step into the surgical booties of the author when he attempts to deliver his own child amid heart-stopping obstetrical complications.
Through real-life patient narratives, Hutton shines light on ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Moreover, this captivating tale captures the drama of medicine—its mystery, pathos, heroism, sacrifice, and humor.
For more than just those working in the healthcare profession, Carrying the Black Bag also shares a behind-the-curtain peek at the rapidly changing American health care system.
|Publisher:||Texas Tech University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Tom Hutton, M.D., is an internationally recognized clinical and research neurologist and educator. The past president of the Texas Neurological Society, Dr. Hutton served as professor and vice chairman of the Department of Medical and Surgical Neurology at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. He now lives on his cattle ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Of Middle Linebackers and Medicine 13
Chapter 2 The Midnight Meal 25
Chapter 3 Transfusions 33
Chapter 4 Learning Curve 49
Chapter 5 Sleuthing at the VA 67
Chapter 6 The Theodora Consult 93
Chapter 7 Rolling the Dice 107
Chapter 8 The Man Who Played Pinochle with Dogs 123
Chapter 9 At the Furrow's End 135
Chapter 10 Pinochle Redux 145
Chapter 11 Mind Spark 157
Chapter 12 Chosen Ones 171
Chapter 13 Did Adolf Hitler's Parkinson's Disease Affect the Outcome of World War II? 185
Chapter 14 Angels on the Ceiling 209
Chapter 15 Sail Away 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent, well written. What medicine is suppose to be about. Great stories of former patients (names changed) and one famous person who was not a patient, but see how his illness affected history.