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The Man Who Grew Two Breasts: And Other True Tales of Medical Detection

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For 50 years, Berton Roueche's absorbing accounts of the unraveling of medical mysteries were a much anticipated feature of The New Yorker. At his death last spring, Roueche left behind seven new narratives that have never been published in book form. This book collects these works along with one earlier classic--all relating true tales of strange illnesses, rare diseases, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Plume (first published 1995)
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Feb 25, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
This book was a collection of unusual medical cases seen by the author in his medical practice and other physicians he consulted. I'm not certain of the publication date of the book, but it seemed like most of the cases were from the 1960s, so there was a bit of a dated feel to the book. That said, the author focused almost entirely on the case at hand, with limited philosophy and tangential stories, unlike the books I've read by Oliver Sacks. In some of the cases, such as the lady with the red ...more
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Aug 17, 2011 Brandy Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think of it as several "House" episodes in book form. I love medical mysteries, so this was a good one for me :)
Dec 23, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it
I like this book a lot. It kind of reminds me of "House" and the cases were all really interesting!
Jan 03, 2016 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting medical cases told like mini mysteries, like the tv show "House" except with a rotating medical staff.

I found that only the epidemiological ones really caught my attention.
May 10, 2007 Ellie rated it did not like it
This is a collection of this guy’s writings about medical cases. They were mainly written in the 70s and 80s, it seems, and his old-fashioned chauvinism shines through. There also seem to be quite a few factual errors. I definitely wouldn’t call it a good book; the cases aren’t even all that interesting and he doesn’t say anything to make them more so.
Jul 18, 2011 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting read of some short medical mysteries and how they were solved/concluded. It's a good reminder not to put too much trust in doctors, as they can make mistakes just as easily as anyone else when it comes to diagnosis or treatment.
Sep 08, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
A somewhat slimmer volume but no less enjoyable or interesting. If you like Medical Detectives you have to read this. If you haven't read either - why not?
Jun 12, 2008 Lizzie rated it it was ok
The late medical writer for the New Yorker. These stories aren’t among his best, and I’d even read this before and should have known not to bother.
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Feb 16, 2011 Janet S rated it liked it
Pieces were originally in the New Yorker. About 20 years ago. So medicine discussed seems quite dated.
Jul 13, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, medical
Extremely dated, but still fascinating.
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An interesting read.
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Berton Roueché was a medical writer who wrote for The New Yorker magazine for almost fifty years. He also wrote twenty books, including Eleven Blue Men (1954), The Incurable Wound (1958), Feral (1974), and The Medical Detectives (1980). An article he wrote for The New Yorker was made into the 1956 film Bigger Than Life, and many of the medical mysteries on the television show House were inspired b ...more
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