Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 01, Katherine Coble rated it liked it Shelves: audio-version. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. It's a good idea for a book. But it suffers from a lot of padding that doesn't seem necessary, and often times the author doesn't pursue adequate differential diagnoses. One example: he spends a lot of time speculating about what could have caused the gut problem in a patient who theoretically suffered from Ankylosing Spondylitis. He goes through many esoteric explanations--rare and exotic mushrooms, cooking methods--but never addresses the fact that inflammatory bowel is comorbid to AS.
The mai It's a good idea for a book.
The main problem, however, is the conceit of not identifying the patient until late in the chapter. I know this is how med school operates--you get physical and situational details from which to diagnose but are not given a full identity. However, given that this is a history book that we are reading because of the patients' identities that seems a bit backward. It's especially irksome as he plays word games to tease out the non-mystery. One chapter is titled "Little Boots". Which is what "Caligula" means. So all the goofery about not mentioning the word "Caligula" felt tortured.
One word of caution: I listened to this on audio from Audible. I would recommend folks stick to the print version. Sep 25, Diana rated it liked it Shelves: history , medical , nonfiction. The lives and deaths of thirteen famous patients are explored for medical clues and possible diagnoses.
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This book was more scholarly than I expected. I loved the idea of it, but for someone without medical education, it was sometimes hard to read. I also didn't love that the patient name was not revealed in the chapter until the death, which had me wondering more than paying attention. I'm guessing that I have a little more understanding of medical things than the average person, but nowhere near enough to fully understand all that this author discusses. However, I didn't let that stop me from finding this book fascinating. What was amazing to me was the active lives that some of these "giants" went on to lead in spite of the awful medical conditions they carried with them.
Reading each story tempted me to go after a biography of that person, either because I didn't remember a I'm guessing that I have a little more understanding of medical things than the average person, but nowhere near enough to fully understand all that this author discusses. Reading each story tempted me to go after a biography of that person, either because I didn't remember as much as I should have about his or her life, or because my interest was really piqued. I agree with other reviewers that I would have liked the identity of the person presented up front, but I simply looked at the back of each chapter first to clear up that little problem.
I also read the chapters in reverse order, finding the younger folk much more interesting - and probably the reports a bit more valid - than the "ancient geezers. Those stars are for other readers like myself. For more medically savvy readers, I really liked it 5 stars worth! Sep 28, Asuka rated it really liked it. A quick read and sort of fun. Each chapter is on a different historical figure, and is at most about 10 pages. So it doesn't go into depth. I was hoping for more medical information, but the author spends more time providing biography of each person, and less on the medical mystery.
Luckily I like hist A quick read and sort of fun. Luckily I like history, so the book was still educational and interesting, but it's a bit disappointing as medical mystery bit is limited. The chapter on King Tut had the most interesting medical info, and the chapter on Eleanor Roosevelt was most inspiring as I knew little about her.
What a woman! Jan 18, Angela Forfia rated it liked it. If you have always wanted to attend a rip-roarin' historical clinicopathological conference, this is the book for you! Detailed medical histories, differential diagnoses, and final speculative diagnoses of 13 historical figures. The early cases--Caligula, Saladin, the Buddha--are less satisfying than later histories of Stonewall Jackson, Lincoln, Lenin, and Eleanor Roosevelt where there is documentary evidence from contemporary physicians. Philip A. Mackowiak examines the historical record in detail, reconstructing Lincoln's last hours moment by moment to calculate the odds.
That leads him to more questions: What if he had lived? What sort of neurological function would he have had?
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What kind of a Constitutional crisis would have ensued? Mackowiak, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, offers a gripping and authoritative account of 13 patients who took center stage in world history. The result is a new understanding of how the past unfolded, as well as a sweeping survey of the history of medicine.
What was the ailment that drove Caligula mad? Why did Stonewall Jackson die after having an arm amputated, when so many other Civil War soldiers survived such operations? As with Lincoln, the author explores the full context of his subjects' lives and the impact of each case on the course of history, from Tutankhamen, Buddha, and John Paul Jones to Darwin, Lenin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
When an author illuminates the past with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge, listeners pay attention. Garfield, was a New York Times best seller. And Dr. With Diagnosing Giants , he has written one with impeccable expertise and panache. Any additional comments? The content of this book is fascinating to a science person like myself. However, the narrator was very distracting.
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Does anybody remember the old sit-com "Rhoda"? Well, I now know what became of "This is Carlton, you doorman. He is narrating audio books! At some points he reads ponderously slowly and frequently mispronounces words. He gets the science terms right, but bungles everyday English words. I realize there are alternate pronunciations to many words, but I looked some of the ones he fluffed up and what he said is just plain wrong.
It's a shame - the book is really fascinating, but I now wish I had read the print copy.
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Variety of challenging diagnostic cases based on conditions of historical figures. Reader's plodding style and numerous unique pronunciations were very distracting and unpleasant. Is there anything you would change about this book? The narrator. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bryan Reid? Anyone else. My dog could've done better.
Could you see Diagnosing Giants being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? Though by birth a gentleman of modest rank, he became king in all but title of one of the most powerful nations of his time. She rarely even contracted a cold, and once boasted she had never had a headache; and so she was totally unprepared for the pernicious disorder that crept into her life in early Stonewall Jackson Although this patient was a college professor, a husband, a Sunday school teacher and a church deacon, he is remembered most as a soldier who drew his sword for his state and threw away the scabbard.
He, perhaps more than any commander in history, bewildered his enemies and kept them bewildered, giving hope for a brief period to his people, that they might prevail in their desperate pursuit of a lost cause. When his light flickered and a week later went dark, only then did they begin to suspect that God would let them be defeated. Vladimir Lenin Many have wondered what might have become of the totalitarian state this patient founded on merciless terror, had he not died so young.
Read More…. Charles Darwin This patient enjoyed excellent health as a youth, except for an upset stom-ach mainly during breakfast in his teens and brief eruptions of unknown character of his mouth and hands in his early 20s. John Paul Jones This patient is credited with having given the U. Akhenaten This patient ruled Egypt during the twilight of the house of the Thutmosids as a revolutionary and an iconoclast.
Booker T. Washington This patient was one of the most admired Americans of his time. Born a slave, he was the successor of Frederick Douglass as leader and spokesman for black America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Heinrich Schlieman Except for intermittent ear aches apparently bilateral , the patient had enjoyed excellent health until age 54… Read More….
She was in Scutari, Turkey at the time, working twenty or more hours a day as an army nurse and hospital administrator under extraordinarily squalid and mentally and physically exhausting conditions. Herod A 69 year-old man presented with chronic low-grade fever, edema, abdominal pain, insatiable hunger pangs, shortness and foulness of breath… Read More…. Claudius In the month of October, a year old man developed postprandial abdominal pain and vomiting.
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