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Solving the case, making the diagnosis: Neurology and detective writing

BMJ talk medicine on January 03, 2014 16:13

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    When searching for clues to reach a diagnosis, neurologists often empathise with the detective who is trying to solve a case, write Peter Kempster and Andrew Lees in BMJ sister journal Practical Neurology

    In this podcast, journal editor Phil Smith and Andrew Lees, director of the Queen Square Brain Bank in London, discuss how neurologists draw upon detective skills. They also talk about neurologists who have turned these skills to crime fiction writing, and the use of narrative in clinical case histories.

    The expert witnesses called upon are:

    - Oliver Sacks, best selling author and professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine

    - Peter Gautier Smith, now retired from consulting at Queen Square and author of 31 detective novels

    - Chris Goetz, who worked at Rush University Medical Centre with Harold Klawans, crime fiction writer and authority on Parkinson’s disease

    Listen to the full interviews here:

    Andrew Lees
    Peter Gautier-Smith
    Harold Klawans
    Oliver Sacks

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