How Doctors Think

ISBN-10: 0547053649
ISBN-13: 9780547053646
Edition: 2007
Authors: Jerome Groopman
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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 explores the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He pinpoints 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 profoundly impact our health. Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the countrys best doctors, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. In a new afterword for the paperback edition, Groopman offers patients and their family members practical suggestions for improved communication with their physicians. How Doctors Think reveals a profound view of twenty-first-century medical practice, providing medical students, doctors, and patients with the vital information they need to improve health care.

Jerome Groopman, M.D., holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he is the author of How Doctors Think, The Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions, The Measure of Our Days, and other books.

Introduction
Flesh-and-Blood Decision-Making
Lessons from the Heart
Spinning Plates
Gatekeepers
A New Mother's Challenge
The Uncertainty of the Expert
Surgery and Satisfaction
The Eye of the Beholder
Marketing, Money, and Medical Decisions
In Service of the Soul
Epilogue: A Patient's Questions
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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