In this Book

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With over forty years of experience as a sought after diagnostician, Dr. Stuart Mushlin has cracked his share of medical mysteries, ones in which there are bigger gambles than playing the ponies at the track. Some of his patients show up with puzzling symptoms, calling for savvy medical detective work. Others seem to present cut-and-dry cases, but they turn out to be suffering from rare or serious conditions.
 
In Playing the Ponies and Other Medical Mysteries Solved, Dr. Mushlin shares some of the most intriguing cases he has encountered, revealing the twists and turns of each patient’s diagnosis and treatment process. Along the way, he imparts the secrets to his success as a medical detective—not specialized high-tech equipment, but time-honored techniques like closely observing, touching, and listening to patients. He also candidly describes cases where he got things wrong, providing readers with honest insights into both the joys and dilemmas of his job.   
 
Dr. Mushlin does not just treat diseases; he treats people. And this is not just a book about the ailments he diagnosed; it is also about the scared, uncertain, ailing individuals he helped in the process. Filled with real-life medical stories you’ll have to read to believe, Playing the Ponies is both a suspenseful page-turner and a heartfelt reflection on a life spent caring for patients. 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Back Pain
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. It’s a Small World
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. Everything Really Can Go Wrong in the Hospital
  2. pp. 17-26
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  1. Friday Night at Five
  2. pp. 27-34
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  1. Learning from the Patient
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. Explosive Illnesses Do Not Respond to Homeopathy
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. Sometimes, All We Get Is Close
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. Thinking Can Sometimes Make a Difference
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. The CPC
  2. pp. 71-80
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  1. Let the Facts Speak for Themselves
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. Cough
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. Great Imitators, Part 1
  2. pp. 101-108
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  1. Great Imitators, Part 2
  2. pp. 109-118
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  1. Moonlighting
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. Playing the Ponies
  2. pp. 127-138
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  1. Who’s the Greatest of Them All?
  2. pp. 139-144
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  1. Making a List and Checking It Twice
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. Poems
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. Iron Man
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. An Octopus Pot, Voodoo, and Chang and Eng
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 175-176
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813570570
Print ISBN
9780813570556
MARC Record
OCLC
974550277
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-08
Language
English
Open Access
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