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Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases | [The Great Courses]

Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

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.
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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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2014 The Great Courses; ©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Kindle Customer 06-09-14
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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!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 05-17-14
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 05-17-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Be a Medical Sherlock's Watson"

    ‘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.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Kimmik 05-10-14
    Kimmik 05-10-14

    Kim

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    "Not just for the medical community........"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Medical School for Everyone to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I felt like I was sitting in on a very enjoyable, informative lecture!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The "cases" were very interesting to me, as a nurse.


    What does Professor Roy Benaroch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Dr's voice is wonderful. I would buy another of his lectures.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but there is a lot of information. So I took it slowly, to enjoy.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kuro 11-18-14
    Kuro 11-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great .....Until The End!"
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    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.

    32 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie United States 06-16-14
    Debbie United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

    Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

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    "Patients' Guide to Empowerment"
    If you could sum up Medical School for Everyone in three words, what would they be?

    Educational equalizing empowering


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Professor Roy Benaroch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 12-23-14
    John S MA 12-23-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Could save your life some day"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Quaker Philadelphia 04-19-15
    Quaker Philadelphia 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Professor Benaroch is fantastic"
    If you could sum up Medical School for Everyone in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Entertaining, Fascinating


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-02-15
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Fascinating and so informative!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    UCI2CI LA, CALI 10-16-14
    UCI2CI LA, CALI 10-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for health professional hopeful"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a must have for anyone trying to get into med/DO/dent/pharm. Many health professional schools are forgoing lectures and going towards "problem-based learning" as the basis for teaching their curriculum; much the same way as this audiobook. Differential diagnosis is the main theme here. It gives you insight into how a skill physician interprets sign, symptom, lab values, radiographs etc. in order to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. I hope Dr. Benaroch does more of these grand rounds

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul San Antonio, TX, United States 08-16-14
    Paul San Antonio, TX, United States 08-16-14
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    "Beautiful! Good to the last drop."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Medical School for Everyone to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Roy Benaroch – was your favorite?

    The author, of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Captivating, from the very beginning to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    There is no need to prior medical knowledge: the author explains all the medical terms he uses during his presentation. He covers common medical conditions we get into, or we are familiar with. His presentation is amazing:- detailed, comprehensive, and yet in simple medical terms. I respect him for putting himself in such medical detailed situation to the general public. Physicians don't like to do this kind of job. I already listened twice, driving out of town 300 miles, back and forth. 5 Stars all the way.Today the general public is more familiar to medical conditions, and terms than 40 years ago. And many patients today are as much knowledgeable about their medical conditions as their physicians; hence you will find this audio version fascinating and enlightening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Learnt a lot, enjoyable, easy to pick up and put down. Good content and good delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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