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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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!
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.
They are all equally enjoyable and fascinating.
It made me wish Dr.Benaroch was one of my "in network" docs.
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!
Yes. I felt like I was sitting in on a very enjoyable, informative lecture!
The "cases" were very interesting to me, as a nurse.
The Dr's voice is wonderful. I would buy another of his lectures.
Yes, but there is a lot of information. So I took it slowly, to enjoy.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
Educational equalizing empowering
These lectures enable any patient interested in understanding the process between physicians and their experiences - to communicate in a different way with medical professionals. This insight is invaluable. Enjoyment of the lectures, in part, comes from the case study story-telling approach. We can all relate to at least some of the patients in the stories. Medical knowledge is not a prerequisite. However with a little concentration anyone listening to these lectures will come away with knowledge that can change every encounter one has with doctors, and decisions.
He has an obvious passion for teaching and for the "mystery" of successfully solving every patients' condition. At times he presents with so much excitement it is like listening to a mystery novel. Yet, as most good fictional novels do, these non-fiction lectures, educate, almost without the listener realizing so.
I simply enjoyed it. I garnered tools to improve communications in the medical arena. Certain recountings were very sad - some rather thrilling! Yet the point was, if only there had been earlier, more mutual communicating... Lessons? Patients be honest. Physicians care and be curious and lives can be saved.
"Sir William Osler M.D., said 'The good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient who has the disease.' Cancer is a complex illness that can present in many ways.... Even when things turn bleak, there is always something a physician can do to help the patient - to help with comfort - to help ease a patient's journey, even when we cannot stop her disease."
--Roy Benaroch. M.D.Emory University School of Medicine
I spend time at Emory and know too many doctors frenetically working at Emory (and of course other facilities) who might want to spend some time back in the university, not teaching, but listening with the first year medical students to remember why they became doctors and how much they hold power to comfort or discourage, even fatally, every one of their patients.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this lecture series. The speaker was clear and entertaining in his delivery and the cases were varied and interesting.However....I was incredibly enthusiastic about this series of lectures until the third-to-last and second-to-last cases where there were mistakes made that were so basic they made me question the accuracy of all the others (as a respiratory therapist, I'm really only familiar with respiratory diagnoses and tests, I have no idea how many mistakes were present in the non-lung cases!)
Errors were made, common ones though, concerning the diagnosis of the asthma patient (wrong sign, and wrong diagnostic tool). If lungs aren't your paycheck, you probably won't notice.
The really bad mistakes were made in the motorcycle patient. Protocols have changed recently, but not that recently. Because they encourage evidence-based medicine, the American Heart Association changed the ABC's almost 5 years ago but the lectures do not reflect that change. Worst of all, they shocked a flatline during the code. That is Hollywood, not real life. As far as I know, they have never done that in real life. The paddles are a fancy reset button, and just like you cannot reset a computer that is not plugged in, you cannot reset a heart that has no electrical activity. The lecturer had the chance to correct this major, MAJOR misconception but he just reinforced the myth. And that makes me sad. And obviously kinda irritated.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
‘Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds’ starts with a disclaimer which boils down to something sounding like “This course is not supposed to make you a medical doctor.” After such a disclaimer one might feel hesitant to continue listening, but I am glad that I did. The course’s actual aim is to make one a better patient by introducing you to the way doctors think and function to make a diagnosis. However I just bought it out of pure curiosity.
The course consists out of twenty four 30 minutes lectures by Prof. Roy Benaroch from Emory University School of Medicine where he specialised in Paediatrics. He seems to be well-known in the USA through his blog and his books ‘A Guide to Getting the Best Healthcare for Your Child’ and ‘Solving Health and Behavioral Problems from Birth Through Preschool: A Parent’s Guide.’ He also writes Science Fiction.
The listener is invited to imagine him-/herself to be a doctor that goes on rounds visiting various patients. You get the chance to be the sidekick of a sort of Medical Sherlock Holmes, thus you may be a highly opinionated Watson. By looking at different patients presenting diseases and using the steps doctors take to diagnose them, Prof. Benaroch introduces listeners to the world of a doctor as well as to many (mostly common) illnesses. For me the most interesting round was the Antarctic appendectomy on myself.
The course falls in the same category as Prof. Robert Garland’s course, “The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World,” in the sense that it use make-believe to make you understand important concepts. Prof. Benaroch has an excellent voice and it was quite easy to follow his lectures, though some of the medical terminology kept me at times in the dark.
I would recommend this course to anyone inclined to solve mysteries, thrive on puzzles and clues. While you will not be a qualified doctor hereafter, it can help you in understanding the framework within which doctors ‘operate.’ It comes highly recommended.
I blew through this audiobook in 4 days, I listened at work, in the car, and at home. I found they challenged me to think like a doctor, they puzzled me at times and taught me new things and changed my way of thinking, admittedly it did make me paranoid every once and a while but I loved every second of this book and look forward to reading the other three I downloaded.
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.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
The stories/cases are interesting but not great listen. However, what makes this book worthwhile is the description of how doctors make a diagnosis. After listening to this you will understand how the information you provide a doctor is critical in coming to the right conclusion. One of the key chapters was the woman who was sick, but neglected to tell her doctors she drank a bottle of gin every day, Eventually they figured out the truth and saved her life. Something you may not think of as relevant may be, and by telling your doctor it may save your life.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.
This is another superb pick from The Great Courses. It is a wonderful introduction to the experience of Grand Rounds cases, designed for those considering a career in medicine and those who just want more information on health issues.
Each case includes the presenting complaint by the patient, the patient interview, follow-up test results, and lots of in-depth explanation on the particular health condition and the ins and outs of how a doctor would go about finding the correct diagnosis. In addition, treatment issues were discussed.
It appears to this layperson that Professor Benaroch really knows his stuff. He is a pediatrician but he covers patients of all ages in this lecture series. Additionally, I learned a great deal of helpful information about how to prepare for a doctor visit as the patient.
All in all, this was a great listen!
Engaging, Entertaining, Fascinating
I thought this course would appeal mainly to hypochondriacs, but after all of those 5 Star reviews, I decided to listen. Well, it was terrific, intriguing, entertaining, informative. It flew by. It's structured almost like a series of fascinating mysteries, and Professor Benaroch is a great storyteller. The word "course" is almost unfair. Yes, it's a highly organized lecture series, and you learn a lot, but this could also be called a mystery series. I'm really looking forward to his next Great Course planned for 2016.
Learnt a lot, enjoyable, easy to pick up and put down. Good content and good delivery.
"Interesting and engaging"
A very interesting listen - for the most part it is not noticeable that it is being recorded more for vision than audio. The narrator is very engaging in his style.
Someone with very low standards.
It was slow, dragged out, with very little interesting medical science, which I imagine is the reason most people, including me, would be interested in it.
He was slightly irritating, but it was more the dragged out nature, so not his fault really.
I'd cut about 40% of the pointless rubbish, and make the other 60% far more interesting.
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