Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World

Hardcover | October 16, 2013

byPhilip A. Mackowiak

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Our yesterdays have determined who we are today, and knowledge of our past has the potential to enhance both our understanding of the present and our predictions of the future. Diagnosing Giants traces the history of medicine through the illnesses of some of the most influential figures of thepast. Standard biographies all too often pay scant attention to the health issues that affected their subjects. Yet, the diseases suffered by these figures had profound effects on their lives and their legacies. Each chapter opens with a detailed medical history of the patient. Facts relevant to thehistorical figure's life and legacy are woven into the case summary, and the mystery patient's identity is revealed at the conclusion of the case summary. The author then analyzes the medical history, offers a differential diagnosis and a final diagnosis. Where relevant, the potential effects of the subject's medical problems on his or her life and legacy are discussed. Diagnosing Giants is a must-own volume for medical professionals and history buffsalike.

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Our yesterdays have determined who we are today, and knowledge of our past has the potential to enhance both our understanding of the present and our predictions of the future. Diagnosing Giants traces the history of medicine through the illnesses of some of the most influential figures of thepast. Standard biographies all too often pa...

Philip A. Mackowiak is Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019993777X

ISBN - 13:9780199937776

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Table of Contents

1. Mummy's Curse2. A Last Repast3. Little Boots4. Noble Enemy5. "Interred at the Least Possible Expense"6. El Sordo7. A Medical Labyrinth8. Old Jack9. Mortal Wound10. Voyage to Invalidism11. Vessels of Stone12. Fatal Zest for Living13. "Too Busy to be Sick"