Item description for Post-Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries by Philip A. Mackowiak...
Their lives changed history. Their deaths were mysteries, until now! Post-Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries by Philip A. Mackowiak, MD, FACP, examines the controversial lives and deaths of 12 famous men and women. Post-Mortem answers vexing questions such as: Was Alexander the Great a victim of West Nile virus? What caused the gruesome final illness of King Herod? Was Joan of Arc mentally ill during her heresy trial? Could syphillis have made Beethoven deaf? Did Edgar Allan Poe drink himself to death? This new book also investigates the mysterious deaths of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, the Greek statesman and general Pericles, the Roman Emperor Claudius, Christopher Columbus, Mozart, Florence Nightingale, and Booker T. Washington. Post-Mortem traces 3,500 years of medical history from the perspective of what contemporary physicians thought about the diseases of their renowned patients and how they might have treated them. It follows the case history format of today's clinical pathologic conferences, describing the characteristics of the illnesses in question, and bringing to life the medical history, social history, family history, and physical examination of their famous victims. Post-Mortem then sifts through the medical evidence, testing a wide range of diagnostic theories against the known facts and today's best scientific research, to arrive at the diagnosis most consistent with the illness described in the historic record.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Apr 6, 2007
Publisher The American College of Physicians
ISBN 1930513895 ISBN13 9781930513891
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More About Philip A. Mackowiak
Philip A. Mackowiak has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Reviews - What do customers think about Post-Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries?
An enjoyable and detailed read Aug 27, 2008
I ordered this book hoping for the kind of in-depth medical research and analysis that I enjoy reading. I was not disappointed. Each chapter is very thorough and detailed in its description and analysis of the "patient" and their condition. I can't state that the author has solved all these mysteries, but that's not what made this book enjoyable. It was the quality of medical information and the very scientific look at the lives of these historical figures. The details of their illnesses bring them to light as human beings rather than just figures of history.
Bridging history and medicine beautifully Jun 12, 2007
Dr Mackowiak, aside from being an astute clinician, has written a book that is an addition to the medical history body of literature that is readable by both laypersons and those in the medical field alike.