Medical School for Everyone : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Roy Benaroch
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.
Whether you're a patient, a current or future medical professional, or just someone who enjoys a good mystery, you'll discover how doctors use medical science to identify and combat injuries and diseases; how they uncover tiny clues patients can fail to notice; how they sometimes make misdiagnoses that lead to costly (and life-threatening) problems; and how they think their way toward putting patients on the fast track to proper treatment.
Drawn from actual medical stories, these 24 Grand Rounds take you everywhere from the calm of a doctor's office to the chaos of an emergency room. You'll hear how a 33-year-old man's fever and mouth sores are clues to one of today's most notorious diseases; why an explorer's life-threatening nausea and pain demand emergency surgery; how doctors treat a trauma patient at the site of an accident; and much more.
Dr. Benaroch has crafted a rewarding learning experience; one packed with thrilling Grand Rounds cases that will captivate you, that will provide you with an exciting new way to think about medicine, and that will help you become a better, more informed patient.

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Enthralled!

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!

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Definitely not "House, M.D."

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.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses