The Three-Legged Stallion and Other Tales from a Doctor's Notebook: And Other Tales from a Doctor's Notebook

Siegfried Kra, Author W. W. Norton & Company $18.95 (205p) ISBN 978-0-393-02668-9
Spinning tales and building suspense in the best whodunnit tradition, cardiologist Kra ( Is Surgery Necessary? ) recounts rare, sometimes bizarre, medical cases and the diagnostic sleuthing required to solve them. He describes the tragicomic dilemma of a village rake nicknamed Stallion, whose raison d'etre vanished with the loss of his potency (restored thanks to the author's detection and treatment of a blocked artery). In a similar vein, Kra recalls how fumes from mercury used by a dentist for fillings were found to be the cause of his insanity, which had flummoxed psychiatrists. The author also narrates his lively adventures as a medical student in Europe, including a romance with a beautiful, dying inmate of a Swiss TB sanatorium. Several tales of Kra's escapes from accidental death conclude this consistently entertaining collection. (May)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
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