Sunday, August 12, 2012

True Medical Detective Stories by Clifton K. Meador, M.D.

I’m a big fan of mysteries and I am also a big fan of medical stories.  True Medical Detective Stories satisfies both of those interests.  This is an interesting book containing 18 stories of patients with mysterious illnesses. When we go to the doctor, we expect that our physician  will rely on their vast knowledge after years of schooling, but in this book Dr. Meador explains how he and other doctors also have to use the skills of a detective.

Dr. Meador has been practicing and teaching medicine for more than 50 years and his wisdom, wit, skill and compassion are evident throughout the book.  He also shows how the most important part of the human body for a doctor to understand is the brain.

Normally I breeze over the prefaces and dedications, but in this book I was really touched by the nice dedication he wrote for his childhood hero, author Berton Roueché. 

Some of the stories are shocking and some will make you chuckle, but all of them will hold your interest. I enjoyed every one, and it left me eager to find Dr. Meador’s other books.

I received an advanced reader copy of True Medical Detective Stories by Clifton K. Meador, M.D. with the understanding that my review will be my honest opinion of the book.  I receive no compensation for books purchased through my link to


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