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Medical Mysteries Across History

By: Roy Benaroch MD, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Roy Benaroch MD
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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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An American tragedy: Lecture 9, Chapter 10
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  • An American tragedy: Lecture 9, Chapter 10
  • An American tragedy

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.