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Publisher's Summary

In medical school, every patient is a teaching case - and every patient can be your teacher. For hundreds of years, medical students around the world have learned the secrets of medicine by looking at real cases, involving real people and featuring real symptoms. 

But what happens when those medical cases are a mystery? How do doctors diagnose illnesses and save lives using the best knowledge they have about health and disease? What differences (and similarities) are there between the ways doctors work today and the ways they worked thousands of years ago? 

In these 10 eye-opening lectures by a practicing doctor and medical educator, you’ll walk through a series of medical mystery cases ripped from history and involving well-known historical figures whose identities are nevertheless hidden from you. Every one of these cases (featuring presidents, scientists, singers, kings, and queens) requires you to use your detective skills to identify and diagnose the mystery patient just like the doctors that attended them. In the process, you’ll learn fascinating insights into medicine: both the medicine that was practiced thousands of years ago and the medicine doctors practice today. 

What are the historic and modern consequences of fever? How do doctors diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease and alcoholism? How does radiation and heavy metal poisoning affect the human body? What so-called “modern” diseases were actually documented in the ancient past? Solving these mystery cases will give you a new perspective on how the human body works - and on some world-changing figures whom you’ve never viewed from a doctor’s point of view.

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About the Professor

Dr. Roy Benaroch is a general pediatrician, author, and educator. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Tulane University, followed by his MD at Emory University. He completed his residency through the Emory University’s affiliated hospitals in 1997, serving as Chief Resident and Instructor of Pediatrics in 1998. He has continued his involvement on the Emory faculty as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Benaroch teaches medical students and residents at his practice and gives regular lectures to physician’s assistants at Emory University. Dr. Benaroch has published two books on parenting and pediatric health topics: Solving Health and Behavioral Problems from Birth through Preschool: A Parent’s Guide and A Guide to Getting the Best Health Care for Your Child. He also writes a blog for parents and health professionals. His essays on pediatric health have been widely published on the internet, and he has served as a featured expert on WebMD.
In association with the Great Courses, Dr. Benaroch has developed several lecture series, including Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases, Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine, Medical School for Everyone: Pediatric Grand Rounds, and The Skeptic’s Guide to Health, Medicine, and the Media. In addition to his work in private practice and as a teacher and writer, Dr. Benaroch serves as Chair of The Children’s Care Network, a clinically integrated network of more than 1,000 Atlanta-area pediatric care providers.

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The King is Dying: Lecture 2, Chapter 3
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The Fatigue of a Tireless Scientist: Lecture 6, Chapter 7
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An American tragedy: Lecture 9, Chapter 10
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delightful

as a. general internal medicine physician I really enjoyed each analysis. What a great way to learn medicine and why i enjoyed seeing patients.

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Good but too short.

Interesting concept and well executed. This is much shorter than your average audiobook. I burned through it in one day.

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Amazing.

Not only well read, but a fantastic story teller! Can't stop listening. Best audible original.

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Very entertaining medical stories

Intriguing insight into the diagnosis of the death of some well-known historical people. Includes great background on how medical diagnoses are performed.

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very interesting

I figured out the majority of the people they were talking about but not all, it kept me Intrested throughout so I'd say give this book a try if you like medical mysteries

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An entertaining way to learn

I was sad to see it end! I'll be looking for more from this author.

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sleuthing

a fun was to explore medical diseases of the past and present. easy to listen to.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed it!

I absolutely loved it. It was very interesting, and I had so much fun guessing the patients' idendities.

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This was my first great course

I really enjoyed this series and learned a lot. Very fascinating. I will recommend it to others for sure.

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Interesting and fun

I enjoyed the challenge of sleuthing out medical diagnoses of historical figures. Fun guessing who the patient was in each case. Only negative was the ccasional unnecessary politically liberal statements.

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  • 10-25-21

More please.

Brilliant idea. I think we should have a book 2 and more. Don’t think American stories only. These are world wide and I bet you will be surprised as to who some of the subjects were

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  • Leonor
  • 08-19-21

Incredible insights, great value

As a medical student I believe this book helped me a lot to better understand how to gather all the clues necessary to solve a complex medical case. Great narration, amazing insights and a lot of valuable information learnt.

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  • Lee
  • 08-09-21

Excellent

I really liked this as it’s so interesting. I guessed who some of the people were but not them all. Thanks Audible for the freebie.

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  • 01-19-22

Revisiting history.

Well presented investigation into historical deaths. Thought provoking examples that have current day relevance.

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  • su through the looking glass!
  • 11-30-21

interesting but narration from Sesame Street

l enjoyed this as an interesting listen but it was a bit patronising tbh and the narration, although clear,was like a children's TV presentation.

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  • Trudy Dodd
  • 11-09-21

Bad

Stoped half way through and could not get back really you want me to review this?

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  • Sigrin
  • 10-10-21

That was good

Despite the American accent (I am not a fan) this was a great little book.

As it says, it presents ten case histories from famous people prior to their death over the centuries.
It engages you to look at the signs and symptoms from the time, listen to the medical history and facts surrounding their life and death and then give an up to date diagnosis with the facts that you know now rather than what they knew then.

It was an interesting reflection on the treatments used by the medical personnel with their understanding and knowledge at that time.

Very entertaining, thank you.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 11-26-21

Fabulous

Dr Roy is s marvellous teacher. So interesting and helps understanding a great deal. Thanks a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

Great series

A really interesting and thoughtful series with great narration. Great to hear how a doctor thinks about patients and symptoms. Certainly worth listening to.

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  • Loretta Swain
  • 10-05-21

So interesting

Really enjoy listening to this
I learned so much!
Thank you for another excellent lecture

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-21

Exceptional!

Roy's analysis of historical cases is truly fascinating! I was amazed to learn of these well-known people and the influence of their health on the sociocultural fabric. Definitely recommend this one.