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Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World Hardcover – October 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0199937776 ISBN-10: 019993777X Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019993777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199937776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[M]edical biographies provide a unique perspective on our heroes, reminding us of their human frailties. Retrodiagnosing, however, skirts all this agony. The 'patients' are long past helping, so the intellectual satisfaction of solving a diagnostic puzzle can be enjoyed without any of the pressure. It's the difference between reading a detective novel and doing real police work." --The Wall Street Journal


"Dr. Mackowiak is to be congratulated for making the CPC format enjoyable, educational, and thought-provoking for current and future physicians." --Clinical Infectious Diseases


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Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hoffwit on October 18, 2013
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book and it turned out to be both more and in some ways less than anticipated. I was expecting some big surprises but was actually okay with the lack of them. The book is part history and part medical conjecture based on records, letters, some modern day tests and deductive reasoning by the author. It's a book that wanders gently through the years stopping to focus on various historical figures and the physical complaints that affected their lives and eventually the end of their lives. At times the medical terminology gets confusing, but overall the book was a fascinating and different approach to history and medicine. The author's final conclusion regarding the advances and limitations of medicine rang profoundly true.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George E. Burns on March 15, 2014
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The subject has great potential, but that potential is not realized in this book. The author spends far to much time delivering potted and questionable biography. His causes of deaths analyses are dry and unconvincing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dlj on January 8, 2014
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Very well written and convincing. Scientifically sound and thoroughly researched. Not some crazy conspiracies, but real medical science. The chapter on the Buddha especially informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EmmaD2 on March 15, 2014
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As a retired teacher of Anatomy and Physiology, I wish that I had this book earlier. Presenting medical symptoms like a mystery would have intrigued my students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Sewall on February 2, 2014
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Even if you simply like science and investigations of difficult to solve problems....easy reading, good book to read a bit at a time or all at once if you wish.
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