I have just finished reading the book “Every Patient Tells A Story” by Lisa Sanders recently. It was a great book that I would highly recommend to any doctor, med student, or pre-med student. The book looks into the role that the patient’s story plays in physicians making a correct diagnosis. It looks at the importance of performing a through physical exam as fallen more and more to the wayside as CT scans, MRI, and blood work takes over as the prominent form of diagnosing a patient.
This book makes its point through relating a number of patient encounters by various doctors, and what steps they took to finally come up with a definitive diagnosis when the other doctors the patient had seen before had failed. The cases presented are usually those of the rarer type, and deal less with more common and routine problems doctors will meet. Nevertheless, it serves as a reminder to stop and use deductive reasoning when presented with a problem instead of making a snap, intuitive judgement.
This book has many pearls of wisdom for budding and seasoned doctors alike. I would highly encourage everyone to read through it. It will serve as a reminder to yourself about why you decided to pursue medicine in the first place. I’ll end with a line from the book.
After medicine has finished doing all that it can, it is stories that we want and, finally, all that we have.
- Book Review: Med School Confidential (flusteredgrad.wordpress.com)