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Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist's Bedside Tales

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During his thirty-plus years of practicing in West Texas and Minnesota, physician and neurologist Tom Hutton discovered that a doctor’s best teachers are often his patients. From these (extra)ordinary individuals, he gained a whole-hearted respect for the resourcefulness, courage, and resilience of the human spirit.
            Part memoir and part homage to those pa
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 7th 2015 by Texas Tech University Press (first published November 7th 2015)
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Penmouse
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist’s Bedside Tales by Thomas Hutton, M.D. tells the human side of medicine. Hutton’s warm storytelling will draw you into his book as you learn about what it’s like to become a doctor to practicing medicine. There are some truly heartwarming stories and some truly funny stories too. Last night I read the chapter about Hutton’s Dalmatian Dice. Dice is not the brightest nor best-behaved dog on the planet, according to the author, as Dice managed to get tossed out ...more
Lorilei Gonzales
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

If you follow my blog, you know that I reviewed another book written by a doctor recently. I am pleased to say that this book is completely different. Hutton has a style that borders on quirky mystery (makes sense as he confesses to reading mysteries growing up). And funny/beautiful descriptions aside, the doctors in this book are in their profession to save people and better lives, not fatten their pocketbooks. (Hutton kee
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Christena
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“After all, I’d been lucky enough to avoid a sneak thief due to a very loyal, if not terribly bright Dalmation. Surely, good luck, along with the incorrigble Dice, must have been riding shotgun with me.”

Carrying the Black Bag is an eclectic and insightful collection of stories from the author’s time spent working as a neurologist in both Texas and Minnesota. The stories reveal an inside look about Hutton’s work as a doctor in both states. He shares the most important stories of his c
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Jacob Beene
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A great perspective into the upbringing of a neurologist. Not as much substance as other books on the same subject in respect to experiences with different patient cases, but still a great read nonetheless.
Gabe
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
kind of reminded me of all creatures great and small. It wasn't very much about neuroscience as a central theme. More about Dr. Hutton's experiences in medicine.
Mimi
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm old enough to remember watching Marcus Welby, M.D. on television with my family and being riveted by the personal stories and doctor/patient relationships highlighted in this popular drama. Dr. Welby was always so insightful and wise. As soon as he arrived, carrying that black leather bag full of magical cures, you knew the patient was going to get the best care possible and all would be well. But what was most interesting was finding out that doctors possessed the same doubts and frailties ...more
Nicole Brown
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Hutton writes stories about his time spent after he graduated from Baylor medical college and got his "black bag"and went on do his internship at the the Hennepin County General Hospital (also known as "The General") in Minneapolis, a teaching hospital for the University of Minnesota, where he would do his neurology residency. Eventually, he would take the job as neurology chief resident of the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. Then he and his family would move back to Texas in Lubbock where ...more
Thomas Norris
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We visited a Barnes & Noble store in Lubbock, TX on Dec 18. Dr Hutton was having a book signing and we stopped to talk to him. We subsequently purchased two books and couldn't put them down once we started. His book is masterfully written. We use that phrase because Dr. Hutton was able to awaken within us memories from our own life experiences, especially with elderly parents. His ability to express his patients' feelings and views using their words and their colloquialisms makes this book v ...more
Ronstadt Laura
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading Dr. Hutton’s book very much. I found a lot of humor, love, honesty and care in it. It was very entertaining; I laughed and cried. It was authentic, and his relationship with his patients and colleagues was wonderful. He listened to them, had conversations with them, and no matter how advanced technology kept coming thru the years, nothing matched the
human - to - human touch he had.
A few chapters I recall include one at the VA Hospital where Billy has a walking difficulty
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Janet Lindemann
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all adult readers
Recommended to Janet by: good friend
I can only add emphasis to the praise of Dr. Hutton's wonderful book, Carrying the Black Bag. Read the book. It is a rare gift comprised of vignettes culled from Dr. Hutton's over thirty years as a physician, scholar, and teacher. As a neurologist, Dr. Hutton came to know the courage of patients struggling with diseases that changed their perceptions, their emotions, and their physical abilities. He tells their stories with honesty, humility, respect and often humor. He varies once from personal ...more
T Douglas
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
CARRYING THE BLACK BAG is an intriguing collection of tales from a man’s life journey as a neurologist, and some of what he has learned about people and life along the way. Dr. Hutton is a doctor who really listened to his patients, to who and why they are who they are, and how that merged with and is uniquely reflected in the bodies they occupied. He respected what he heard in determining what was best for the patient. A story I particularly liked is “At the Furrow’s End,” a sad but beautiful t ...more
Kristine Hall
Early on in his forty years of practicing medicine, Dr. Hutton learned to listen and to treat the patient, not the illness. That lesson greatly enriched his life, and his life stories will keep readers captivated. Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me an eBook copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give. Full review on Hall Ways Blog http://kristinehallways.blogspot.com/...
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During his thirty-plus years of practicing in West Texas and Minnesota, Tom Hutton discovered that a doctor’s best teachers are often his patients. From these (extra)ordinary individuals, he gained a whole-hearted respect for the resourcefulness, courage, and resilience of the human spirit.

Tom Hutton is an internationally recognized clinical and research neurologist and award winning e
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