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Diagnosis

Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries
Narrated by: Lisa Sanders
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Medicine
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Publisher's Summary

A collection of more than 50 hard-to-crack medical quandaries, featuring the best of The New York Times Magazine's popular Diagnosis column - now a Netflix original series

"Lisa Sanders is a paragon of the modern medical detective storyteller." (Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal)

As a Yale School of Medicine physician, the New York Times best-selling author of Every Patient Tells a Story, and an inspiration and adviser for the hit Fox TV drama, House, M.D., Lisa Sanders has seen it all. And yet, she is often confounded by the cases she describes in her column: unexpected collections of symptoms that she and other physicians struggle to diagnose.

A 28-year-old man, vacationing in the Bahamas for his birthday, tries some barracuda for dinner. Hours later, he collapses on the dance floor with crippling stomach pains. A middle-aged woman returns to her doctor, after visiting two days earlier with a mild rash on the back of her hands. Now, the rash has turned purple and has spread across her entire body in whip-like streaks. A young elephant trainer in a traveling circus, once headbutted by a rogue zebra, is suddenly beset with splitting headaches, as if someone were "slamming a door inside his head."

In each of these cases, the path to diagnosis - and treatment - is winding, sometimes frustratingly unclear. Dr. Sanders shows how making the right diagnosis requires expertise, painstaking procedure, and sometimes a little luck. Intricate, gripping, and full of twists and turns, Diagnosis puts listeners in the doctor’s place. It lets them see what doctors see, feel the uncertainty they feel - and experience the thrill when the puzzle is finally solved.

©2019 Lisa Sanders (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lisa Sanders is a paragon of the modern medical detective storyteller.... But what sets her apart is her Holmes-like eye for the clues - and her un-Holmes-like compassion for those who suffer." (Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal)

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  • Anabel Baez
  • 18-02-2020

Great book!

I absolutely loved every aspect from this book. From the fascinating stories, to the way they were narrated. It thought me a lot of things I didn't previously know. It also thought me that things are not always the way they present themselves and that you sometimes have to think outside of the box.

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  • Fact addict
  • 09-01-2020

Great stories! The author/narrator..... welllll, not so much!

Yes, great stories, but, as one review said already, the narrator, the author, appeared to be screaming. At least the technical terms were pronounced properly in these tales. That has been a recurring theme in other books narrated by voice actors unfamiliar with medical or technical terms. I have spent many seconds wincing in pain at horribly mangled pronunciations of medical terms, and even though the good doctor’s voice is quite strident, at least the painful mispronunciations were absent.
The stories themselves were well told, very interesting, and scanned a wide variety of clinical presentations. Being retired, I had a pleasant jolt when I figured out the required studies and results for some of the presentations.
I would dearly love more of this type of presentation, but please send the doctor to voice classes prior to her next offering, to instruct her in some modulation techniques.
End result: I ABSOLUTELY loved it, and would buy it again! More, please!

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  • M.W.
  • 21-11-2019

Good book, horrible narration

The subject matter of this book is very interesting, but they should have hired someone else to read it. It sounds like the woman is shouting, and that’s very distracting.

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  • Tanya G. Schlemmer
  • 02-09-2019

Excellent Case Samples

Excellent Case Samples every provider may glean from for narrowing down the etiological process in the complexity of differential diagnoses.

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  • connie
  • 01-11-2019

Shrill Narrator

Excellent writing but what struggle to listen to. Wanted to give up due to the performance.

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  • Indah Jamtani
  • 12-06-2020

Intersting diagnosis less exciting story telling

Altho the symptoms and intereating diagnosis made me want to know more, the story telling was not as exciting and it failed to nudge me into listening more.
Interesting diagnosis, not so interesting story telling

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  • LKDA
  • 06-06-2020

Wonderful

Fascinating, fast paced, addicting!I couldn't stop listening. It made a two hour drive seem like 30 minutes!

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  • Tranquil in traffic
  • 31-05-2020

Great Listening

Case studies of interesting patients with perplexing symptoms. Some reviewers complained about narration. I thought she told her patients' stories beautifully. I will listen to this again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-03-2020

Diagnosis

After listening to the sample, I bought the audio book. I listened to the book, but can only get the sample to play, over and over and over, no matter what I do. In the morning I'm kicking this audio book back. What I got is not worth a credit. I'd give it no 👎 stars if I could.

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  • M.L.H.
  • 02-02-2020

Interesting stories, grating voice

As with her other book, which she also narrated, I find my self wishing over and over that Dr Sanders would get someone else to read her books for her. The stories are extremely interesting, which is why I still gave the book a high rating overall - but I find it hard to listen to her voice for any length of time. Her voice is irritating, grating and strident, with an unpleasant edge to it.