Reminiscent of the eloquent writings of physicians Abraham Verghese, Atul Gawande, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, this compelling story is told by a unique voice in American medicine, Brendan Reilly, a distinguished internist whose work was profiled at length by Malcolm Gladwell in his bestselling book Blink.
Only One Doctor is a riveting first-person narrative—a true story that reads like a novel and recreates Dr. Reilly’s present-day, moment-to-moment “E.R.”-like dramas with patients, families, and medical staff at the Medical Center. At the heart of Only One Doctor is an unsolved medical mystery that haunts Reilly: the loss of a legendary engineer friend and patient, Fred, who died suddenly after he began to see angels and hear voices. Fred was renowned for many inventions, including a navigational device that was removed from Amelia Earhart’s plane before she took off on her last flight. As Fred sought to learn Earhart’s fate, Reilly searches for the reason behind Fred’s death, piecing together his last days to arrive at a chilling revelation. Lessons learned from Fred’s case resonate throughout Reilly’s experiences with other patients in the book, ultimately leading to the saving of thousands of lives.
From the cases in Only One Doctor, patients and caretakers learn what works and what doesn’t in today’s health care and how to avoid falling through the cracks. As compelling as an episode of House, written with the skill of How We Die and My Own Country, Only One Doctor is a wrenching, brilliant, inspiring read.