How Doctors Think

    • 3.4 • 8 Ratings
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    • $16.99

Publisher Description

A New Yorker staff writer, bestselling author, and professor at Harvard Medical School unravels the mystery of how doctors figure out the best treatments—or fail to do so. This book describes the warning signs of flawed medical thinking and offers intelligent questions patients can ask.

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong—with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can—with our help—avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can have a profound impact on our health. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking, offering direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track.

Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country's best physicians, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems.

How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.

Michael Prichard
hr min
April 23
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

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Informative and human, worth more than the price of the book to any patient.

This book is so readable, the stories so clear and to the point, it reveals so much about doctors and human nature from a very honest and down to Earth point of view that one does not often associate with the Medical profession. In addition to giving the reader an insight into what life is like for a doctor, the book and the stories explain how doctors think, and the mysteries, and the problems with that. How does a fallible human being approach such a complex and important job.

Stories about how liking or disliking a patient can interfere with the doctor doing his job, and how the best doctors try, and even sometimes fail to compensate for their human imperfections. Additionally a very good book to read if you are somewhat uneasy with your relationship with your doctor. There are some concrete suggestions for reminding a doctor nicely in a way that will not cause problems when you might not feel you are being taken seriously, or your doctor is hurried and not listening to you. Giving you a sense of where your doctor is coming from and what might get in the way of your doctor seeing you as a patient clearly.

This is a book for anyone who will ever need medical care in their life. It gives one the privilege of looking at medicine from a real human being's point of view who embodies what and how a good doctor tries to think. Different from Atul Gawande's books, a sort of complement to them, all are very important to read in my opinion. I'm very glad I decided to read this book and appreciate the author for letting me see without pretense his world. This book is one of those books that is worth more than the price of the book to the reader. Highly recommended.

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