Discover Magazine's Vital Signs True Tales of Medical Mysteries, Obscure Diseases, and Life-Saving Diagnoses

ISBN-10: 1626361738

ISBN-13: 9781626361737

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert A. Norman
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Description: “Vital Signs,” a popular column featured in Discover Magazine, has long been a favorite of readers, showcasing, each month, fascinating new tales of strange illnesses and diseases that baffle doctors and elude diagnosis. Each tale is true and borders on the unbelievable. It’s no wonder that throughout the years the column has become an unofficial textbook for medical students, interns, doctors, and anyone interested in human illness and staying healthy. Now, physician and “Vital Signs” editor Robert Norman has compiled the very best of the series into an intriguing and suspenseful collection for fans and new readers alike. A young woman carries a baby that wasn’t her own—and wasn’t even a human; Aretha Franklin gives a physician the insight needed to save a life; a modern gynecologist faces an ancient disease. These cases and more, representing a wide variety of unique medical anomalies and life-or-death situations, bring readers to the front lines of the medical fray.Fans of hit medical dramas such as House MD will savor the opportunity to read of the real-life cases that puzzled doctors, the gripping detective work that ensued, and the completely unexpected, often life-saving diagnoses. Discover Magazine’s Vital Signs is a glimpse into the exciting work of real medical professionals, told from their perspective, and revealing that anything can happen in medicine. Readers will never look at a “routine check-up” the same again.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Introduction
Attacked from Within
Why is Grandpa Falling?
The Boy Who Stopped Talking
Why Is Her Vision Hazy?
Instant Paralysis With an Instant Cure
Why Does Her Belly Hurt?
A Sleepy Secret
What is Fanning His Temper?
Why Is She Getting Thinner?
A Stress Case or a Serious Disease?
A 20-Pound, Bony Tumor That Nearly Suffocated a Man From the Inside
Far From Okay
Save the Linebacker
"We Can Take His Heart Out, Remove the Tumor, and Put It Back In"
An Unwelcome Ringing
Misdiagnosing ADHD
A Swollen Area Grows Larger and Larger
High Head Pressure
A Leg of Legendary Size
The Sneaky Pain That Fooled 6 Experts
One Cure for Vertigo: Playing Pinball Inside Your Head
Cruising Into Trouble
The Woman Who Needed to Be Upside-Down
The Patient's Symptoms Resembled a Backache, but Their Cause Might Prove Far More Deadly
Why Can't This Woman Breathe?
The Disease That Shows Us How We Are What We Eat
The Blood Pressure Mystery
Mary Grove was Suddenly Shedding Skin in Large Red Patches. The Loss Was a Threat to Her Life
Benign but Irritating Skin Eruptions Signal Much More Serious Internal Troubles
A Song From Shrek Helps a 5-Year-Old Boy Recover From Difficult Surgery
Present Tense
Mechanic of the Mind
The Absentminded Professor
Fighting With Phantoms
Netting the Butterfly
An Insult to the Brain
Heavy Metal
The Aretha Franklin Test
The Poultice of Time
The Secret in the Marrow
Appendix
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