• Diagnosis

  • Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries
  • By: Lisa Sanders
  • Narrated by: Lisa Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (433 ratings)

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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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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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Repetitive from her previous work

I actually really enjoyed this book, so much so that I bought her previous book. That's when I realized that a lot of this material is just rehashed stories from Every Patient Tells a Story. If I had to pick one, I would go with this one, but I wouldn't recommend both. Too much overlap.

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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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Shrill Narrator

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

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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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Great Stories - Audio Needs Some Editing

The stories themselves are interesting and I really enjoyed getting a look into the diagnostic process doctors go through. However, the audio level jumps up and down quite a bit which I found a bit jarring. The editor of the audiobook should maybe have equalized it a bit better.

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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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Great medical stories!

I really enjoyed how each medical story was different from the rest. Each story also provides adequate amount of back story for each patient and the thought process of the doctors are equally adequate. Good stuff!

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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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Not for lay people- no offense

This book is a fun interesting read for a medical professional. If I didn't have a medical background, I wouldn't have known what on earth she was talking about. She doesn't explain what most things mean, so If you don't know medical terminology, you're going to be very lost as a reader. For example, unless you've watched a lot of Gray's anatomy or have a medical background you aren't going to know what a pulmonary embolus is, or hypoxia, or a macrophage. People may understand that a leukocyte is a white blood cell, but they may not know that an eosinophil is also a subcategory. Great book if you understand the material and find joy in medical mysteries.

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  • zoe
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Interesting read

Interesting read, however the narrators sound quality is irritating. Put me off listening to it