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Medical Mysteries for Instruction

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The Medical Detectives is a collection of Berton Roueché's acclaimed medical investigations penned as mysteries and published in The New Yorker “Annals of Medicine” section from 1948 to 1988... Anyone looking for a great short mystery will enjoy reading these stories as Roueché combines good story-telling with thorough explanations of the complex science surrounding each ailment... This narrative contains countless nuggets of information regarding natural sources, synthetic production, side effects, how it is buffered to lessen toxicity, physiological route and mechanism of action, effects on different ailments including pain, fever, and arthritis as discussed by both Roueché as the narrator and different medical professionals within the story... Roueché also details that there is “no specific cure. ” Though the parasitic cause and source of human exposure (undercooked pork) are plainly detailed, as well as the medical treatments and an epidemiological investigation, trichinosis now occurs very rarely in this country... When it does occur, effective treatments are available, unlike at the time this outbreak occurred... Any relevant symptoms not actually experienced by Dr. Page were included in the story as being read from “The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics” by Dr. Page's husband... Once the source was identified, the rest of the story weaves information about organophosphate insecticides throughout, including information about the negative effect organophosphates have on cholinesterase biology... Further, the story includes information about the role of cholinesterase in nervous tissue and red blood cells, and as described in the narrative, “there [was] not much information about the chronic exposure to subacute doses of organophosphates. ” One could imagine this as a good starting point for numerous discussion points... The important point is that a relevant context is presented at the outset, and students have an interesting framework for the specific scientific concepts they are learning about... In more advanced courses, students could be charged with writing their own cases, using any of the stories as a starting point... This review is by no means a comprehensive analysis of the potential didactic uses of Burton Roueché's medical writings, but illustrates a few of many ways in which this book could be used in today's classroom... Though this review is written with science educators in mind, Detectives would also be useful in courses outside of the biological sciences... For example, Detectives could be used in non-science-related courses to develop critical thinking in the context of political and social effects of science and medicine.

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The Medical Detectives is a collection of Berton Roueché's acclaimed medical investigations penned as mysteries and published in The New Yorker “Annals of Medicine” section from 1948 to 1988... Anyone looking for a great short mystery will enjoy reading these stories as Roueché combines good story-telling with thorough explanations of the complex science surrounding each ailment... This narrative contains countless nuggets of information regarding natural sources, synthetic production, side effects, how it is buffered to lessen toxicity, physiological route and mechanism of action, effects on different ailments including pain, fever, and arthritis as discussed by both Roueché as the narrator and different medical professionals within the story... Roueché also details that there is “no specific cure. ” Though the parasitic cause and source of human exposure (undercooked pork) are plainly detailed, as well as the medical treatments and an epidemiological investigation, trichinosis now occurs very rarely in this country... When it does occur, effective treatments are available, unlike at the time this outbreak occurred... Any relevant symptoms not actually experienced by Dr. Page were included in the story as being read from “The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics” by Dr. Page's husband... Once the source was identified, the rest of the story weaves information about organophosphate insecticides throughout, including information about the negative effect organophosphates have on cholinesterase biology... Further, the story includes information about the role of cholinesterase in nervous tissue and red blood cells, and as described in the narrative, “there [was] not much information about the chronic exposure to subacute doses of organophosphates. ” One could imagine this as a good starting point for numerous discussion points... The important point is that a relevant context is presented at the outset, and students have an interesting framework for the specific scientific concepts they are learning about... In more advanced courses, students could be charged with writing their own cases, using any of the stories as a starting point... This review is by no means a comprehensive analysis of the potential didactic uses of Burton Roueché's medical writings, but illustrates a few of many ways in which this book could be used in today's classroom... Though this review is written with science educators in mind, Detectives would also be useful in courses outside of the biological sciences... For example, Detectives could be used in non-science-related courses to develop critical thinking in the context of political and social effects of science and medicine.

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