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Would you listen to Medical School for Everyone again? Why?
Actually, I've listened to it twice now and plan a third! I learn something new each time, and the professor's style is enjoyable and comfortable. Although the content is highly specialized and detailed, Dr. Benaroch is not the least bit pedantic, and he brings everything to life for the listener. I loved how, after a few chapters, I was anticipating his questions and "talking" along with him as he processed each patient's situation. It was such a thrill to catch myself blurting out the possible or probable diagnosis!
What did you like best about this story?
There are numerous "stories" in this set, each story being its own patient, set of symptoms, and discussion. It is impossible not to learn medical concepts while enjoying the stories. Dr. Benaroch starts out with a particular patient, but then branches out and discusses the bigger picture for each medical condition he covers.
Which scene was your favorite?
They are all equally enjoyable and fascinating.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me wish Dr.Benaroch was one of my "in network" docs.
Any additional comments?
I buy and listen to at least four Great Courses a year, and have for the past six years. This set is, by far, my most favorite set to date. I intend to re-listen to these lectures until I have them memorized!
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
This was a perfectly good series of lectures by an affable general practitioner talking about how doctors diagnose illnesses. He takes us through about a dozen case studies, based on real patients but with details altered or obscured, naturally. Most of the time, he puts us in an ER or doctor's office, presents us with a patient and his or her complaint, and then walks us through the things a doctor should do to get to the problem.
Along the way, Dr. Benaroch tries to educate the medical layman about a wide variety of medical issues, from proper terminology to myths about various illnesses and treatments, to how to be a good patient (and a good doctor).
The cases he presents run the spectrum, from a healthy woman whose mild complaint turns out to be terminal cancer, to a baby with unexplained tremors, to an unemployed teacher with "back pain" who turns out to be addicted to pain medication, to various other maladies ranging from mundane to rare.
This isn't "House" though - there are no bizarre or sensational cases, and not a lot of drama. Dr. Benaroch seems like a great doc you'd probably like to be seen by, and his talks are thorough and educational. You'll undoubtedly learn a few things unless you are a doctor yourself. The idea that you are doing virtual "Grand Rounds" yourself, though, is a bit of a pretense on the part of Great Courses, since obviously unless we know enough about the full spectrum of ailments to actually diagnose someone based on a few paragraphs of description (i.e., unless we are medical students), we probably will just have to listen along as the good doctor tells us what's ailing the patient. (In a few cases, I was able to make a correct guess, though.)
None of the cases are particularly exciting. They were chosen for educational value, not entertainment purposes, and that's a pretty good description of this Great Courses series - it's educational, and aimed at a fairly basic level, so not particularly entertaining. It's better for giving you a sense of how doctors do their work when first presented with a patient, and a few tips on how you can make your doctor's job easier (and maybe improve your own health), but it's not a book that deeply explores any medical issues or presents you with juicy and dramatic cases.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Learnt a lot, enjoyable, easy to pick up and put down. Good content and good delivery.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Loved this audio book one of the few I have listened to the end.
Really enjoyed it !!!
Any additional comments?
This is great stuff. Dr Roy has an easy style as he takes his listener through a variety of complaints and diseases, like a Virgil guiding you through the medical underworld. His Emergency Medicine lecture series is just as good. Additional material is now overdue though - how about a paediatric course? Just sayin'...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have listened to a few of these books and all of them are very intriguing. Highly recommend