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The Man Who Grew Two Breasts: And Other True Tales of Medical Detection
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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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
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.
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.
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 ...moreMore about Berton Roueché...