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These are stories about ordinary and extraordinary peopleall patients with different neurological problemsbut stories more about their personal struggles and coping than their diseases These accounts follow Dr. Gutmann's forty years in medicine, from his training in New York City through his life-long University Hospital practice in West Virginia. Writing in his office, talking with medical students or his residents, hurrying down the hall to a clinic, listening quietly to a patient's recounting of a traumatic eventLud Gutmann has been collecting stories during all of his life. The stories in this book delve into different issues: from medical-ethical dilemmas; to misunderstandings or secrets or lies; to tracking down the causes of real or imaginary illness; however, the overarching theme is the patient and the patient's history. Life stories are the focus of concern. Listening to and understanding is the first order in identifying cause and prescribing care. Another title by this author is Richard Road Journey from Hate.