- Hardcover: 350 pages
- Publisher: The American College of Physicians; 1st edition (April 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930513895
- ISBN-13: 978-1930513891
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Post-Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries 1st Edition
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Rarely does a compilations of well written cases such as this surface. This is a gem! --5 stars - Doody's
About the Author
Dr. Philip A. Mackowiak is director of medical care at the VA Maryland Health Care System and professor and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has taught the art of clinical diagnosis to medical students and graduate physicians for over three decades. Post Mortem was inspired by the annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference hosted by Dr. Mackowiak since 1995 for the VA Maryland Health Care System and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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Top Customer Reviews
Prof. Mackowiak did a great job collecting historical evidence to back up his conjectures when he attempted to diagnose the health problems affecting these illustrious men and women. He gave riveting accounts of the suffering they went through, and very detailed analyses of the signs and symptoms culminating in the most probable diagnosis. The author had a gift for story-telling, but he was equally at home in explaining complex medical and scientific matters in ways that lay people can easily understand.
For me, this book (and the later volume) was a great review of areas of general medicine that I no longer involve with day-to-day, and would otherwise have little reason to read up on (especially in the form of dry academic review papers or book chapters).
It is a must-read for students of medicine and history buffs.
Not recommended for those who are a bit squeamish.