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An alarming history of famous and difficult! patients : amusing medical anecdotes from Typhoid Mary to FDR

Author: Richard Gordon
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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When the flesh is weak, the spirit often reacts in an unusual way. Some memorable people have become difficult patients for their doctors, as well as demanding companions for their loved ones, and intolerable colleagues to their contemporaries. The course of history has frequently been altered by their ailments.
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Gordon
ISBN: 0312150482 9780312150488
OCLC Number: 35650958
Description: vi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: George Washington --
Napoleon --
Hitler --
Churchill --
Stallin --
Franklin D. Roosevelt --
Charles II --
Anne --
Victoria --
Frederick III --
James Boswell --
Alexander Pope --
Lord Byron --
Percy Bysshe Shelley --
Thomas Carlyle --
Elizabeth Barrett Browning --
Charles Dickens --
Walt Whitman --
Bernard Shaw --
Marcel Proust --
Sarah Bernhardt --
Nicolo Paganini --
Van Gogh --
Florence Nightingale --
Sigmund Freud --
Martin Luther --
Samuel Pepys --
Typhoid Mary --
Lady Macbeth --
Baron Munchausen --
Sherlock Holmes.
Other Titles: Famous and difficult! patients
Responsibility: Richard Gordon.

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When the flesh is weak, the spirit often reacts in an unusual way. Some memorable people have become difficult patients for their doctors, as well as demanding companions for their loved ones, and intolerable colleagues to their contemporaries. The course of history has frequently been altered by their ailments.

Presented in the witty and erudite style that is Richard Gordon's hallmark are thirty-one cases of maladies and malingerers, among them: At Waterloo, Napoleon was incommoded with prolapsed piles, hardly the strategical equivalent of Nelson's blind eye at Copenhagen; A mortally ill King Charles II was offered a bracing Julep with forty drops of Spirit of Human Skull, which soon sped him on his way to a more heavenly kingdom; Hitler took laxatives and gave himself camomile enemas to lose weight (a mystical German leader could not be potbellied); and Dissatisfied with his medical advisers, Stalin ordered nine doctors thrown into chains, beaten to a pulp, and ground into powder - a most difficult patient indeed.

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