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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475037287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475037289
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For over fifty years, Clifton K. Meador has been practicing and teaching medicine. This, his twelfth book, complements his published writings and his well-known satiric articles noting the clinical excesses of modern American medicine, including “The Art and Science of Nondisease,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1965), and “Clinical Man: Homo Clinicus,” published in Pharos (2011). A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Meador has served as executive director of the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance since 1999, and is a professor at both Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College. Past posts include chief of medicine and chief medical officer of Saint Thomas Hospital (then a major teaching hospital for Vanderbilt) and dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Meador lives with his wife, Ann, in Nashville. He is the father of seven, and has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is writing a medical novel to be published in 2013.

More About the Author

Cllfton Meador is a retired physician and professor of medicine emeritus at Vanderbilt Medical School. He is author of 13 books. His "Med School" is a year by year humorous and serious account of medical school in the 1950s. "True Medical Detective Stories" tells in detective fashion the story of 19 unusual cases. His latest book, "Fascinomas -fascinating medical mysteries" reports 35 medical mysteries shared by his colleagues from around the country. He has a fascination about the efffects of mind on body,psychosomatic diseases, and Voodoo hexing. The books emphasize the importance of careful listening and engaging the patient in the search for causes of illness.

Kirkus Reviews says, "A quick, enjoyable book of health-related who- and whatdunits."

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And Dr. Meador offers it up in a masterly fashion.
Nortin Hadler
It contains some of the most interesting medical detective stories and Dr. Meador tells them with true southern charm.
JAB
It is not too technical but provides enough medical information to keep it interesting for a novice like me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By joe merrill on July 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dr. Meador has done it again---he gave us 'little rules' on how to become a 'compleat physician.' And now...after reading it straight through, it is hard to choose which story is the best of the best. Voo-doo-hexed with a lizard eating your guts; a wild-hair up your ear canal; the joy of sex embellished by subcutaneous air;a nurse turned Baroness von Munchausen; or epidemics you never dreamed of. I graduated from medical school 64 years ago and have been plowing the field since. With all the revolting-palaver over money and health care, it is refreshing for Dr. Meador to remind us that there is no substitute for having a doctor who finds out what ails you by asking questions in your idiom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on December 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I’m a big fan of mysteries and I am also a big fan of medical stories. True Medical Detective Stories satisfies both of those interests. This is an interesting book containing 18 stories of patients with mysterious illnesses. When we go to the doctor, we expect that our physician will rely on their vast knowledge after years of schooling, but in this book Dr. Meador explains how he and other doctors also have to use the skills of a detective.

Dr. Meador has been practicing and teaching medicine for more than 50 years and his wisdom, wit, skill and compassion are evident throughout the book. He also shows how the most important part of the human body for a doctor to understand is the brain.

Normally I breeze over the prefaces and dedications, but in this book I was really touched by the nice dedication he wrote for his childhood hero, author Berton Roueché.

Some of the stories are shocking and some will make you chuckle, but all of them will hold your interest. I enjoyed every one, and it left me eager to find Dr. Meador’s other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hanavan on February 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After retiring from 32 years as a surgical RN, there is not much that can surprise me. This writer artfully points out how being a thorough listener can glean amazing relevant facts from their patients and families. So often we in the medical profession give our brief spiel to patients, being pressed for time.. Unfortunately, our allotted time with patients is very limited.
One of our orthopedic surgeons had created a solo practice in order to practice a more humanistic approach. He told the story of an elderly lady who had lost her husband and presented with chronic wrist/hand pain. Nothing appeared to be abnormal. Upon listening to the patient state repeatedly that she literally could not handle it any more.....the MD chatted with her and found that she felt overwhelmed by the tasks presented since her husbands demise.
With encouragement from the MD, she agreed to allow her family and friends to become an active part of her support system, and her pain disappeared upon leaving the office!
Wonderfully written book with an interesting review of how young MDs also have their journey through their own belief systems. We all have them. Hopefully no lizards are involved! Delightfully written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nortin Hadler on July 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dr. Meador is offering up much more than an entertaining series of medical anecdotes. He is offering an object lesson on the importance of the "clinical interview", the dialogue between patient and physician that is prerequisite to any meaningful outcome. This is a lesson that should never be lost in the debates over reforming the "health care system". And Dr. Meador offers it up in a masterly fashion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By terrylynn on August 13, 2014
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True Medical Detective Stories is a fascinating collection of 18 stories, each revealing how various medical mysteries were solved with a little bit of ingenuity and thinking outside the box. Dr. Clifton Meador, an experienced physician and skilled author gives us a treat as he shares these stories of medical oddities that were not easily identified and diagnosed. Some of the stories are a product of Dr. Meador's own experience, others he repeats as told to him by others associated with the medical field.

My favorite happened to be one of the author's memories of a man who came in with a strange and seemingly incurable case of the hiccups! The mechanic had suffered with them for days... hadn't slept... had tried every concoction and wives tale he could think of to get rid of them with no result. Dr. Meador had been spending his free time that very night in the Dr.s' lounge studying a magazine with an interesting story about a patient who had constant, unexplained hiccups. He finished the article and not 5 minutes later, a man presents himself in the ER with this exact problem... incurable hiccups... a condition he was able to remedy due to the information he had just read! Dr. Meador never again saw a patient with this problem in his over 46 years of practice but whether due to an incredible coincidence (or maybe divine intervention?), Dr. Meador had the information right when he needed it to solve the mystery. Another was a curious case of illness that affected a group of men who golfed in their retirement community, but strangely enough, didn't affect the wives who golfed with them. It took a lot of detective work to find out the reason behind that curious epidemic!
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