This book is a compelling story of looking in to the mind of a Doctor that is trying to figure out what others couldn't, in a time that those doctor’s didn’t have the knowledge and access to testing that is now popular. This is a book written from the Doctor's viewpoint shows us a picture of what suffering can look like and how that suffering can be put away. This Doctor does a awesome job of telling the stories in a way that people will have no issues in understanding. While reading this I had to look up a few terms for the definitions and I think that was great that I did. The problem sometime when Doctor's become authors they forget about the regular people that does not know all those fancy medical terms. My personal thought on this book is that it is well-written a very knowledgeable viewpoint. I have to say that I enjoyed every single chapter in this book.
For years after graduating from medical school, Dr. Clifton K. Meador assumed that symptoms of the body, when obviously not imaginary, indicate a disease of the body - something to be treated with drugs, surgery, or other traditional means. But, over several decades, as he saw patients with clear symptoms but no discernable disease, he concluded that his own assumptions were too narrow and, indeed, that the underlying basis for much of clinical medicine was severely limited. Recounting a series of fascinating case studies, Meador shows in this book how he came to reject a strict adherence to the prevailing biomolecular model of disease and its separation of mind and body. He studied other theories and approaches - George Engel's biopsychosocial model of disease, Michael Balint's study of physicians as pharmacological agents - and adjusted his practice accordingly to treat what he called "nondisease." He had to retool, learn new and more in-depth interviewing and listening techniques, and undergo what Balint termed a "slight but significant change in personality." In chapters like "The Woman Who Believed She Was a Man" and "The Diarrhea of Agnes," Meador reveals both the considerable harm that can result from wrong diagnoses of nonexistent diseases and the methods he developed to help patients with chronic symptoms not defined by a medical disease. Throughout the book, he recommends subsequent studies to test his observations, and he urges full application of the scientific method to the doctor-patient relationship, pointing out that few objective studies of these all-important interactions have ever been done.
I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend everyone reading this book. This review is my opinion of the book. I personally thought this Doctor did a awesome job on writing this book, I had received a copy of the book for free and on Tomoson.