White Coat Tales

Medicine's Heroes, Heritage, and Misadventures

  • Robert B Taylor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Heroes, Diseases, and Remedies

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  3. The Heritage and Culture of Medicine

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  4. Clinical Notes and Medical Misadventures

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 311-328

About this book


This new edition of White Coat Tales presents intriguing stories that give historical context to what we do in medicine today—the body’s “holy bone” and how it got its name, a surprising reason why gout seemed to be so prevalent several centuries ago, and the therapeutic misadventure that shortened the life of Eleanor Roosevelt.  In addition to many new tales, this revised edition contains 128 illustrations, such as images of Baron von Münchhausen aloft with cannonballs and Vincent van Gogh’s portrait of his doctor showing a clue to the painter’s health. Read about legendary medical innovators, diseases that changed history, illnesses of famous persons, and  some epic blunders of physicians and scientists. The author is Robert B. Taylor, MD, Emeritus Professor, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, and Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Taylor is the author and editor of more than 33 medical books. 


Culture of Medicine Current and Future Practice Perspectives Historical Impact of Disease Medical History Medical Innovators Medical Misadventures

Authors and affiliations

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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29053-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29055-3
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