02/17/2009

WVU neurologist Lud Gutmann writes book


Book signings to be held March 16 and 19 at HSC bookstore


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – When West Virginia University neurologist Lud Gutmann, M.D., was growing up, doctors made house calls. They knew the families in the neighborhood and always had time to spend with their patients. Most important, their patients loved them, held them in the highest regard and treated them with the utmost respect.

In the more than four decades he has spent treating patients at WVU, Gutmann has seen his share of patients from all walks of life with various diseases. And, more often than not, he has found that spending a little time getting to know the patient and his or her history can go a long way.

As a result of his long and eventful career, Gutmann wrote “The Immobile Man: A neurologist’s casebook,” a collection of 17 short stories that chronicle parts of his personal life, his medical training at Columbia University and the stories of some of the patients he has treated through the years.

In his book Gutmann cites two of many forces that helped him choose to specialize in neurology: solving mysteries and Parkinson’s disease. A self-described lover of mysteries, Gutmann said, “Neurology is one specialty where you still have to reason out what’s happening with a patient. Neurologists still talk to patients. It’s about finding the answer, the detective work.”

Lud Gutmann, M.D.

 

Gutmann also writes about a day during his freshman year of medical school in the 1950s when he saw a line of people with similar physical characteristics heading to Parkinson’s clinic day at New York City’s Neurological Institute.

“At that time I had no clue as to the mysteries of this debilitating disease. Like a boy using a magnet for the first time, this experiment of nature – called Parkinson’s disease – filled me with wonder and amazement and was the first step in directing my career into the world of neurons, axons and synaptic connections,” Gutmann wrote.

Another story, titled “The Prosecutor,” details the story of a woman who cared for her daughter until her death at age 9. The woman, accused of neglect and abuse, had no idea her daughter was born with an abnormal brain. Sam Chou, M.D., WVU’s first neuropathologist, discovered the abnormality during an autopsy.

“The Immobile Man: A neurologist’s casebook” is currently available for sale in the Health Sciences Center Bookstore, where signings will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 and April 2.

McClain Printing Company is accepting orders by telephone at 304-478-2881 or 800-654-7179; by fax at 304-478-4658; by e-mail mcclain@mcclainprinting.com; or on the web at www.mcclainprinting.com. The book can also be ordered at www.amazon.com.

 



 

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For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jonesan@wvuh.com
asj: 02-09-09

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