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Life, death, and in between: Tales of clinical neurology Hardcover – 1992

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Klawans (neurology, Rush Univ., Chicago) increases his series of books based upon his professional experiences ( Trials of an Expert Witness , LJ 3/15/91; Newton's Madness: Further Tales of Clinical Neurology , HarperCollins, 1990; and Toscanini's Fumble and Other Tales of Clinical Neurology , Contemporary Bks., 1988). Here, he recounts such philosophical and ethical dilemmas as treating an obviously dying patient, risking serum hepatitis from blood transfusions for pregnant women, dealing with overprotective family members, misdiagnosing ailments, confronting the environment in which death occurs (in hospitals instead of at home), removing life support systems for comatose patients, and more. Klawans is again the masterful and compassionate storyteller, and his book is interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining. A medical dictionary may be necessary for those not versed in medical language. Recommended for most public and academic libraries; appropriate as a reader in or where philosophy or medical ethics classes are taught.
- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; 1st edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557785260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557785268
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DR K RAJASEKHARAN NAIR on May 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It is one of the rare books written by a great neurologist who died at the age of 60 ( Obituary written by Goetz CG Neurology.1998.51;323).Like his previous publications like " Toscanini's fumble and related Tales in Clinical Neurology", " Trials by an Expert Witness" this book also gives extraordinary tales of very ordinary people.This book divided into five parts- starting with " Coming of age in America" to the last part" Life, Death and in between". Most of these clinical tales are so interesting but the titles given to each chapter are quite confusing and most of them do not give any indication of the contents. Some of them are specific :like " Meeting Doctor Death" about Dr.Kervokian's lawyer. A few of them are just incredible( Like "Impressing Mrs.Dastur". That he claims to be a South Indian name- well, it is just not possible. Again Leprosy would be the last diagnosis one would consider in such a patient) But still they very much readable stories- stories that would linger in your mind long after you read them. I like the style of writing of this author and would recommend this book to any one who is interested in reading clinical stories.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on November 25, 2009
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This book is much darker than "Newton's Madness" or "Toscanini's Fumble".

It's lacking the joyful sense of wonder found in his other books, and dwells more on errors, problems and failure.

Read his other books, and skip this one.
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