Every Patient By Lisa Sander

In her book, every patient tells a story Lisa Sanders presents a patient that sought medical help due to a medical or a surgical illness, she then described the steps taken to diagnose to patient and subsequently treat them. She goes into details about what both the doctor and the patient were thinking and their reactions to the diagnosis. She also records her different encounters with the other doctors and their opinions over the ever fading physical examinations and the new high technology testing that is often prioritized. But mainly, great emphasis was placed on the declining use of traditional physical examination in favor of high tech medical testing and newer procedures. Lisa Sanders provides several case examples of what can be overlooked when the physician does not spend adequate time listening to the patient and performing a careful physical examination. Lisa Sanders substantiates her stories by citing quite a bit of research in order to support her contention but she also keeps an open mind and she clearly does not dismiss the value of more modern medical testing procedures but rather she highlights the synergy formed by conjoining those with physical exams to provide a comprehensive analysis.
I was able to gather the wealth of knowledge that Lisa Sanders communicates in “Every patient tells a story”. This knowledge I speak about is beyond just “book knowledge” it is wisdom expressed in the words and through the eyes of the medical professionals and their patients. Even though this book had many lessons to offer, the key recurring theme/lesson/concept that is constantly communicated is the importance of a properly executed diagnosis. In the vivid description of the pain and suffering experienced by the patient, Cryst...

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... often know their patients well enough to know details of their health status. Sadly however providers are becoming more and more specialized in order to increase efficiency and handle larger volumes of people. This is further fueled by the recent changes in healthcare reform; it’s inevitable that learning and telling a patient’s story has become an insignificant piece of the puzzle. Doctors simply can not scale to keep up with the ever growing number of health epidemics and so the story of a patient is slipping through the cracks and often has to be told and retold over and over. My view of this problem is a basic one and I believe is the root cause of why quality healthcare has become a rare commodity ties back to the lack of quality primary care where the doctor and the patient constantly communicate and the doctor has a good view of the patients health history.

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