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Neurology Rounds with the Maverick
In Neurology Rounds with the Maverick, clinical neurologist Dr. Bernard M. Patten recounts his most profound, entertaining, and uncommon experiences with patients throughout his 34-year medical career. Learn about the strange case of the teenage girl who got pulled out of class for medical treatment because she couldn’t stop laughing. Then consider the 14-year-old who faked grand mal seizures for more than a year to get away from her sexually abusive father. Consider the awkward situation of the hairdresser who heard voices from God instructing her to stab her customers with her scissors or the well-documented phenomenon of patients (including Dr. Patten’s own mother) correctly predicting their own deaths. Read Dr. Patten’s encounters with artist George Rodrigue as he lost his memory and physicist Stephen Hawking when he was considering experimental ALS treatment. As well, enjoy learning about when Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich came to America to be treated for atrophy in his right hand and shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis’s consultations about Myasthenia Gravis. Neurology Rounds with the Maverick presents an authentic look inside some of the most complex, strange, and fascinating neurological cases of the last half-century of medicine. Read it to appreciate the good, the bad, the terrible, and the densely human anecdotes that document the past and light the way for the future of medicine.
Gerald Everett Jones, host of GetPublished! Radio

"Dr. Patten reminds us that--in this metrics-obsessed age--intimate experience, intuition, and compassion are the essential tools for genius-level excellence."

Jack B. Alperin, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor at University of Texas Medical Bra

"Dr. Bernie Patton has written a book that is amusing, entertaining, informative... and sometimes scary."

Richard T. Hull, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University at Buffalo

"Imagine a synthesis of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson on clinical rounds with you... NEUROLOGY ROUNDS is engaging as a page-turner, drawing us into medical puzzles and then teaching how to solve them."

San Francisco Review of Books

"The book serves as a reverie for now-retired physicians and a spark of challenge for newly graduated physicians--and a voyage through the history time of medicine in the last century for all readers. Very highly recommended."

Sanford A. Rubin, M.D. FACR

"Medical professionals will be reminded of some of their own experiences from their training years... Dr. Patten explains the cases so that readers not in medical fields will still understand his stories. Everyone will both laugh and cry while reading this book."

Vicki Heck, M.A., Ph.D., Psychologist

"Neurology Rounds with the Maverick is a testament of how medicine has gained in its ability to diagnose and treat but has losses in its compassion through lack of continuity of care and the gentle touch of reassurance physicians once knew. The book is for all those who seek to make medicine a better science, while also preparing those entering this profession for all the pitfalls currently repelling the best candidates."