The Imaginary Patient : How Diagnosis Gets Us Wrong

The Imaginary Patient : How Diagnosis Gets Us Wrong

Regular price £10.99

Jules Montague

Category: Medical & Nursing

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication date: 5/4/23

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN 13: 9780198810506

Weight: 224

Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 25

As featured on BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour, Start the Week), Times Radio, in the Telegraph (also as a bestseller), The Times, and at the Royal Institution. A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEARA diagnosis is supposed to give us certainty, our first step on the road to recovery. But what if your diagnosis is inflected by a doctor's bias, swayed by Big Pharma, or designed to protect the police? What happens when you are -- or your child is -- refused a diagnosis for a condition the establishment will not recognise?As a consultant neurologist, Dr Jules Montague saw the relief a diagnosis could bring, but she also came to see its limitations. In this eye-opening and humane account, Montague meets with the patients and families who have had their lives turned upside down by a diagnosis they never deserved. She speaks to parents fighting for recognition of their children's symptoms; men and women whose bodies have been stigmatised by society; and to the families of young black men who are being diagnosed posthumously with a condition that could exonerate their killers. Through these stories of heartbreak and resilience, Montague shines a light on the troubled state of diagnosis, and asks how we might begin to heal.