True Medical Detective Stories

  • by Clifton K. Meador
  • Narrated by James H. Kiser
  • 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Modern technology has given rise to electronic medical records, remote monitoring systems, and satellite-enabled real-time examinations in which patient and physician might be separated by thousands of miles. Yet, when it comes to diagnosing difficult cases, the clinician's strongest asset might just be one of the oldest tools of the medical profession - careful listening. True Medical Detective Stories is a fascinating compendium of 19 true-life medical cases, each solved by clinical deduction and facilitated by careful listening. These accounts present puzzling low-tech cases - most of them serious, some humorous - that were solved either at the bedside or by epidemiological studies. Dr. Clifton Meador's book is a wonderful contribution to the genre of medical detective stories mastered by the legendary Berton Roueche'. As a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1944 until his death 50 years later, Roueche' popularized this form, which has provided source material for feature films and most recently supplied scenarios featured in medical television dramas, such as House. While Hollywood frequently oversimplifies and elides the real clinical situations, True Medical Detective Stories sets the record straight with a voice of authority and an engaging style rooted in the fact that most of the cases presented involve Dr. Meador's actual patients. Dr. Meador discovered Berton Roueche's writing as a teenager, when he first read Eleven Blue Men. In an astonishing twist of fate, Roueche', in later years, traveled to Nashville to meet with Dr. Meador and discuss one of his cases, with Roueche's account published posthumously under the title, The Man Who Grew Two Breasts. In a fitting tribute to Roueche' this perplexing case is revisited by Dr. Meador in the opening chapter of this highly enjoyable book. True Medical Detective Stories is a captivating read that will keep you marveling over the idiosyncrasies of the human body.

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The story is good but the performance is atrocious

What would have made True Medical Detective Stories better?

Removing the high pitched trumpet screeches in between the chapters


What was one of the most memorable moments of True Medical Detective Stories?

The story about the air pump


What didn’t you like about James H. Kiser’s performance?

The high pitched trumpet screeches in between the chapters


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story was good but constantly having to adjust the volume to avoid the dreadful musical interlude.


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- S. Bradshaw

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2015
  • Publisher: clifton k meador