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December 4, 1987

Extraordinary Care: The Medical Treatment of Adolf Hitler, Howard Hughes, Elvis Presley, President Ronald Reagan, Barney Clark...

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St Louis

St Louis

JAMA. 1987;258(21):3175-3176. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400210119039

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Extraordinary Care is less a serious examination of the unresolved ethical dilemmas facing medicine today than it is a monument to a special assignments editor's lifework. In that sense, some readers will be disappointed. Yet it is also an extraordinary collection of interviews from the inimitable Dennis Breo—and that, in the final analysis, is not so disappointing after all.

Here at last is an intelligent medical exposé of the great and not-so-great headliners from a credible source that the general public should, and will, devour with relish—everything and more concerning relevant medical data of the Good (Pope Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Elvis Presley), the Bad (Adolf Hitler and John Hinckley), and the Ugly (the Chappaquiddick fiasco and Jim Jones and the Guyana massacre). Perhaps it is precisely the "more" that perplexes the critic. The heart of the work—those cases epitomizing at once the title of the book and its