Playing the Ponies and Other Medical Mysteries Solved

Playing the Ponies and Other Medical Mysteries Solved

by Stuart B. Mushlin MD, FACP


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With over forty years of experience as a sought after diagnostician, Dr. Stuart Mushlin has cracked his share of medical mysteries, ones in which there are bigger gambles than playing the ponies at the track. Some of his patients show up with puzzling symptoms, calling for savvy medical detective work. Others seem to present cut-and-dry cases, but they turn out to be suffering from rare or serious conditions.
In Playing the Ponies and Other Medical Mysteries Solved, Dr. Mushlin shares some of the most intriguing cases he has encountered, revealing the twists and turns of each patient’s diagnosis and treatment process. Along the way, he imparts the secrets to his success as a medical detective—not specialized high-tech equipment, but time-honored techniques like closely observing, touching, and listening to patients. He also candidly describes cases where he got things wrong, providing readers with honest insights into both the joys and dilemmas of his job.   
Dr. Mushlin does not just treat diseases; he treats people. And this is not just a book about the ailments he diagnosed; it is also about the scared, uncertain, ailing individuals he helped in the process. Filled with real-life medical stories you’ll have to read to believe, Playing the Ponies is both a suspenseful page-turner and a heartfelt reflection on a life spent caring for patients. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813570556
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 03/23/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,216,403
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

STUART B. MUSHLIN, MD, FACP has been a practicing clinician for forty years. He has been voted a “Best Doctor in America” for over twenty years, and has been an assistant program director in the Brigham and Women’s Medical Residency program for the past seventeen years. His diagnostic acumen has been recognized by his title as The Master Clinician in Internal Medicine and Primary Care. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Back Pain
It’s a Small World
Everything Really Can Go Wrong in the Hospital
Friday Night at Five
Learning from the Patient
Explosive Illnesses Don’t Respond to Homeopathy
Sometimes, All We Get Is Close
Thinking Can Sometimes Make a Difference
Let the Facts Speak for Themselves
Great Imitators
Great Imitator Part 2
Playing the Ponies
Who’s the Greatest of Them All?
Making a List and Checking It Twice
Iron Man
An Octopus Pot, Voodoo, and Chang and Eng

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