Book Cover & Blurb: Fascinomas

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M.D. Releases His New Book of True Medical Mysteries: Fascinomas – Fascinating Medical Mysteries

How is it possible for a paralyzed teen to recover overnight?

Why is a woman plagued with uncontrollable diarrhea after beginning a new, healthy diet?

What could be the cause when a man and his dog become ill at the same time?

What should a doctor do when a woman complains about a pair of talking breast implants?

Just how far will some patients go for medical attention?

Nashville, TN – There are routine cases that doctors deal with day after day, and then there are fascinomas. Combining the word “fascinating” with the term for a tumor or growth, “fascinoma” is medical slang for an unusually interesting medical case. These are the types of stories that become permanently ingrained in the minds of medical professionals, told repeatedly in hospital lounges, and shared from one physician or nurse to another.

Every doctor or nurse has at least one fascinoma to tell, and in this collection of bizarre-but-true stories, Clifton K. Meador, MD, recounts some of the most memorable. In the vein of Berton Roueché, the master of the medical detective genre, the author draws on his decades of experience and countless connections in the medical field to fascinate the reader and keep them guessing until the end of these astonishing patient stories.

Meador, a seasoned physician and the author of more than twelve books, including True Medical Detective Stories, is back with an all-new collection of 35 medical mysteries, where doctors and nurses are detectives who must race against the clock to find clues in the most unusual places.

Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but always thought provoking, the stories in this assortment all have one thing in common: they focus on the importance of listening and asking the right questions as a doctor. Patients will also see the importance of paying attention to their lives when they are ill. After all, you never know where one of the detectives of the medical world will find a crucial piece of evidence that might just save your life.

You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in Fascinomas: Fascinating Medical Mysteries, an anthology that contains 35 brand new stories, written to appeal to the mystery buff in everyone.

Fascinomas is an entertaining and informative collection of true medical mysteries for all who simply can’t get enough of bizarre clinical cases. Written from the point of view of an experienced doctor, the stories are crafted in an engaging style that can be enjoyed by medical professionals and laypeople alike. Technical terms are explained thoroughly in a way that anyone can understand, and the short, easy-to-digest format of the tales makes it effortless to devour several in one sitting.

Collected from physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals from all over the country, the true stories contained in Fascinomas are very different from one another. On the whole, though, the fascinating tales send similar messages to their readers—loud and clear.

First, they bring truth to the old adage: It is just as important for a doctor to know the patient with the disease as it is to know the disease, itself.

Secondly, they show that truth often is much stranger than fiction, especially in the intriguing world of medicine.

About the book: Fascinomas – Fascinating Medical Mysteries by Clifton K. Meador, M.D. ISBN: 978-1491029275 Publisher: CreateSpace Date of publish: November 2013 Pages: 152 S.R.P.: $10.95

About the author: For over fifty years, Clifton K. Meador has been practicing and teaching medicine. This, his thirteenth book, complements his published writings and his well-known satiric articles noting the clinical excesses of modern American medicine, including “The Art and Science of Nondisease,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1965), “The Last Well Person” also in the New England Journal of Medicine (1994), “A Lament for Invalids” in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA 1992) and “Clinical Man: Homo Clinicus,” published in Pharos (2011). His last book True Medical Detective Stories (2012) was dedicated to Berton Roueche, writer for the New Yorker and creator of the genre of medical detective stories. A graduate of Vanderbilt University in 1955, Dr. Meador has served as executive director of the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance since 1999, and is a emeritus professor of medicine at both Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College. Past posts include chief of medicine and chief medical officer of Saint Thomas Hospital (then a major teaching hospital for Vanderbilt) and dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Meador lives with his wife, Ann, in Nashville. He is the father of seven, and has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

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