- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: MedTale Publishing (January 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780982696521
- ISBN-13: 978-0982696521
- ASIN: 0982696523
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Symptoms and Diagnosis: A Storytelling Medical Book that May Save Your Life Paperback – January 19, 2016
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- It reads like a story book.
- It is written in plain English.
- It has 20 interesting and true medical stories.
- Each story reads like a medical thriller but is based on fact.
- Each story is carefully chosen to make you curious about a particular organ system in your body.
- Each story gives you useful medical knowledge after making you hungry for it.
- Each story makes you feel like a doctor.
- You will know how doctors think.
- You will learn to reason with your doctor and sound convincing.
- You will enjoy learning medical facts naturally without any effort.
- You want to save lives of your loved ones by recognizing signs of medical distress.
- You google your symptoms when you get sick but find the result frustrating.
- You want to get useful in-depth medical knowledge far beyond what's available on WebMD.
- You want to understand what your body is trying to tell you.
- You are worried that your doctor is not paying attention to your symptoms.
- You want to describe your symptoms in a way that grabs your doctor's attention.
- You want to properly analyze your symptoms when you get sick.
- You want to promptly recognize warning signs of a serious illness when you get sick.
- You did not go to medical school but would like to understand how your body works.
- You want a user-friendly medical crash course that gives you life saving practical medical knowledge.
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I definitely learned a lot from reading this book, and I think it is especially germane for doctors to read in order to understand the importance of communication with patients. The medical professionals in this book all appear to be ideal, listening, caring, and empathetic. In the real world, this is not always the case. Patients too, would benefit from understanding the difficulties doctors face when trying to diagnose complicated medical conditions.
If there is one criticism I have of the book it is that the story arcs follow a similar pattern, and it can be challenging to stay engaged at times. This is an ambitious book, and I know it can be challenging to write a book that would appeal to both a lay person and medical student/doctor at the same time. In that context, this book is much more appealing than a purely scientific paper or book that would only focus on the facts and at the same time be very technical. That is really the compliment I have for this book, in that it is not too technical and will appeal to the lay person and at the same time I am sure it will be helpful for people more interested in a scientific discussion.
- The human body is a very intelligent, self-correcting and regulating machine
- An awful lot of things can go wrong with it
- We can neglect and abuse it at our own risk
- Clear communication with the doctor is extremely important
- It is in our own interest to seek help when our body tells us to
These are the major lessons, extremely well explained and illustrated with case studies, and then reinforced with “Teaching Points” and “Organ System” descriptions. This organizational method is very useful, giving the reader every aspect of the subject and providing an invaluable educational tool. I learned a lot from it and will keep it for reference to be consulted again from time to time. Very highly recommended.
He then explains what bodily processes were going on with each patient at the time, physiologically.
Especially important, we learn, are the exact symptoms that occurred at the onset of the abnormal medical event, not just what the patient experiences at the time he’s being diagnosed. Also, the lesser symptoms should be reported too, as they can easily be what turns the efforts into testing for one diagnosis over another. How quickly the symptoms developed is another key clue. Finally, when reporting symptoms do not discount how you feel about the symptoms. You live in your body all the time so when you get a feeling that something is really off, really different that should be heeded and reported, not brushed off.
This book was a bit difficult to follow in places for a non-medically trained reader. Although it was written very clearly, there are just a lot of new concepts. But reading those sections a second time gave me a better understanding of the concept being covered.
As stated in the title, this slim volume could save your life (or the life of a loved one). It was also a fascinating read, even for people like me, whose eyes usually glaze over at first mention of health or medical issues.
Basically, inside is what feels like a medical crash course with each body system divided into a story and then a rapid summary of the medical stuff involved with that system.
Some stuff I already knew. Other stuff, I did not. For example, one thing I learned is that a blood clot in an artery is totally different from a blood clot in a vein because the blood is traveling in different directions--one is feeding blood to an area, the other is carrying it away. I learned that heart attacks aren't felt in the heart because the nerves in the heart are designed so that we cannot feel it beating all the time or it would drive us crazy. The writing is user-friendly. It talks about the blood system as 'plumbing', and about the lungs also in easy to understand terms. And it repeatedly makes the point that when you go to the doctor, communicate everything you possibly can about what happened before, during, and after whatever event that brought you to the doctor's office. That way the doctor can provide the most informed assistance in a timely manner.
If you're interested in learning about the body, the vehicle that gets you around day in and day out, I think you'll get some good knowledge out of this book. I did.