They Can't Find Anything Wrong!

They Can’t Find Anything Wrong!

7 Keys to Understanding, Treating, and Healing Stress Illness

Dr. David Clarke

Diagnostic tests are unable to find the cause of symptoms in many medical patients, most of whom have hidden stresses. Dr. Clarke describes the major types of stress and explains steps for treatment.


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Diagnostic tests are unable to find the cause of symptoms in at least half of all medical patients, most of whom are ill because of hidden stresses. Dr. David Clarke has done pioneering work with over 7,000 of these patients, often sent to him as a last resort. In plain language he describes the major types of stress and explains steps for treatment with a range of effective techniques. Case histories that read like medical mysteries illustrate the concepts and make them easy to apply. This significant book offers real solutions to put a stop to the stress illness epidemic.

Dr. Clarke is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and a clinical lecturer at Pacific University, and he has had a private practice since 1984. He developed an award-winning monthly seminar on stress illness, and local doctors have given their patients 50,000 copies of his brochure on this topic. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Click here to read about the book from Elle Magazine.

Click here to read an introduction to stress-related illnesses by the author.


Praise for They Can't Find Anything Wrong!


They Can't Find Anything Wrong! is a spectacular accomplishment. It offers a refreshingly practical approach to problems that have been tying doctors and patients in knots since medicine became a science. By teaching through story telling, it speaks equally well to patients and health care professionals. Dr. Clarke's methods have made me a better doctor by allowing me to help patients I otherwise wouldn't know what to do with.

—Erik Fromme, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology & Oncology; Palliative Medicine) Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

It has been a long time since I have read anything in medicine as illuminating as this book. I have always prided myself on being a good listener and uncovering hidden issues in patients but never realized how much I was missing. Even as a tenured Professor, from this book and its insights I have learned more than from any other educational source in medicine.

—Brian Fennerty, MD, Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology), Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

I found the book extremely valuable and clinically relevant. The rich array of examples is a powerful illustration of the therapeutic efficacy of skillful clinical listening. Dr. Clarke offers lessons that every clinician and patient can learn from. And the book is extremely readable; I literally could not put it down and read it all in one sitting, something that rarely happens with a book that is also making such subtle points about the human condition.

—Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, Associate Professor (School of Public Health), University of California, Berkeley, CA; author of From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice

Dr. Clarke's book is required reading for our physician assistant students. Learning to assess stress illness should be part of every clinician's medical education. His book is an invaluable resource for teaching medical providers to evaluate and manage stress illness.

—Judy Ortiz MHS, MS, PA-C, Academic Coordinator/Associate Director/Associate Professor, Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies, Forest Grove, OR

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200 pages


6 x 9 in.