Ifyou wantto understandtoday,you have to search yesterday. Pearl S. Buck (1892 1973) I begin this book with a premise: If there is a human endeavor that is richer in tradition, culture, and idiosyncrasies than medicine, I don't know what it is. What you are about to read presents some of these treasures tales of the epic scientific discoveries as well as some behind the scenes medical anecdotes. In the pages that follow, you will find a selection of medicine's scientific triumphs, clinical curiosities, insightful aphorisms, inventive m- monics, imaginative myths, and occasional blunders. In short, the book tells what physicians didn't learn in medical school, but probably should have. But the book is not intended solely for physicians. The tales that follow should be enlightening for all involved in medicine, including the diverse panorama of health professionals, and also anyone who has ever been a patient in a doctor's office or hospital.
What health professionals should know about medical history
Written by a distinguished leader in medical education and highly respected author of over 23 medical books
Stories that put today's medical practice into perspective
Insights into the history, language and culture of medicine
White Coat Tales: Medicine's Heroes, Heritage and Misadventures, a collection of intriguing medical stories, is ideal reading for physicians, residents, medical students and all clinicians seeking new insights into medical history. The book is written by Dr. Robert B. Taylor, a distinguished leader in medical education and highly respected author of over 23 medical books. Each chapter presents a number of the fascinating tales of legendary medical innovators, diseases that changed history, insightful clinical sayings, famous persons and their illnesses, and epic blunders made by physicians and scientists. The book relates the stories in history to what clinicians do in practice today, and it highlights what all health professionals should know about the career path they have chosen.
Heroes, Diseases, and Remedies.- Heroes in Medical History ab[Abstract.- Diseases That Changed History.- Drugs and Other Remedies.- The Heritage and Culture of Medicine.- Medical Words and Phrases.- Whose Syndrome? Stories of Medical Eponyms.- Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms, Euphemisms, Jargon, and Slang.- Medical Aphorisms.- Memorable Medical Quotations.- Clinical Notes and Medical Misadventures.- Famous Persons as Patients.- Short Tales of Serendipity, Curiosities, Medical Trivia, Authorship, and Speculation.- Misadventures: Myths, Misinformation, Blunders, and Wrongdoing.- Now and Future Practice.