Symptoms of Unknown Origin: A Medical Odyssey by Clifton K. Meador M.D.

By Clifton K. Meador M.D.

For years after graduating from clinical university, Dr. Clifton okay. Meador assumed that indicators of the physique, whilst evidently no longer imaginary, point out a affliction of the body—something to be taken care of with medications, surgical procedure, or different conventional skill. yet, over a number of a long time, as he observed sufferers with transparent signs yet no discernable affliction, he concluded that his personal assumptions have been too slender and, certainly, that the underlying foundation for a lot of medical drugs was once significantly limited.

Recounting a chain of interesting case stories, Meador exhibits during this ebook how he got here to reject a strict adherence to the present biomolecular version of disorder and its separation of brain and physique. He studied different theories and approaches—George Engel’s biopsychosocial version of ailment, Michael Balint’s examine of physicians as pharmacological agents—and adjusted his perform hence to regard what he known as ''nondisease.'' He needed to retool, research new and extra in-depth interviewing and listening ideas, and endure what Balint termed a ''slight yet major swap in personality.''

In chapters like ''The lady Who Believed She used to be a Man'' and ''The Diarrhea of Agnes,'' Meador finds either the substantial damage which may outcome from incorrect diagnoses of nonexistent illnesses and the equipment he constructed to aid sufferers with continual signs now not outlined by way of a scientific disorder. during the ebook, he recommends next experiences to check his observations, and he urges complete software of the clinical technique to the doctor-patient dating, mentioning that few goal experiences of those all-important interactions have ever been performed.

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