• Diagnosis

  • Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries
  • By: Lisa Sanders
  • Narrated by: Lisa Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (506 ratings)

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Publisher's summary

A collection of more than 50 hard-to-crack medical quandaries, featuring the best of The New York Times Magazine's popular Diagnosis column - now a Netflix original series

"Lisa Sanders is a paragon of the modern medical detective storyteller." (Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal)

As a Yale School of Medicine physician, the New York Times best-selling author of Every Patient Tells a Story, and an inspiration and adviser for the hit Fox TV drama, House, M.D., Lisa Sanders has seen it all. And yet, she is often confounded by the cases she describes in her column: unexpected collections of symptoms that she and other physicians struggle to diagnose.

A 28-year-old man, vacationing in the Bahamas for his birthday, tries some barracuda for dinner. Hours later, he collapses on the dance floor with crippling stomach pains. A middle-aged woman returns to her doctor, after visiting two days earlier with a mild rash on the back of her hands. Now, the rash has turned purple and has spread across her entire body in whip-like streaks. A young elephant trainer in a traveling circus, once headbutted by a rogue zebra, is suddenly beset with splitting headaches, as if someone were "slamming a door inside his head."

In each of these cases, the path to diagnosis - and treatment - is winding, sometimes frustratingly unclear. Dr. Sanders shows how making the right diagnosis requires expertise, painstaking procedure, and sometimes a little luck. Intricate, gripping, and full of twists and turns, Diagnosis puts listeners in the doctor’s place. It lets them see what doctors see, feel the uncertainty they feel - and experience the thrill when the puzzle is finally solved.

©2019 Lisa Sanders (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Lisa Sanders is a paragon of the modern medical detective storyteller.... But what sets her apart is her Holmes-like eye for the clues - and her un-Holmes-like compassion for those who suffer." (Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal)