How DO Doctors Think?

13 03 2007

The medical kind, I mean, I know too much about the other kind . . .
And what do I think about what this doctor thinks, about how they think? 🙂

And — do they think that way because med school taught them to (and was it really how we WANT them to think or can we all do better?)

“How Doctors Think” by Jerome Groopman, M.D.
After only 18 seconds of listening to symptoms, many physicians will have already decided on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. But what if they’re wrong? In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman describes the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking and shows how you can avoid medical snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health.

This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking and reveal how new technologies may actually hinder accurate diagnoses. How Doctors Think offers direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track. Read the rest of this entry »

Glenn Beck Talks Homeschooling This Morning

13 03 2007

Besides my usual driving route this morning, I sat in the car awhile getting the oil changed. Switching between NPR and Glenn Beck, I heard him mention homeschooling two different times. Part of his patter for the day I guess. 🙂

His point seemed to be that the stress-and-conflict-crammed institutional culture as kids experience it today in (even a fine public) school is not merely indoctrination and socialization but ASSAULT, on individuality and identity and reason, on judgment, values, manners and relationships, and most of all on childhood, on their time to just be kids, instead of flawed and overladen little adults being whipped into shape, remediated or rehabbed, and left at the mercy of their peers the rest of the time.

He might not have meant it the way I heard it, and he didn’t parse what he meant by “homeschooling” but I found myself nodding along — he said that homeschooled kids do grow up “different” in an indefinable but noticeable — maybe more quietly confident?–way, that you can pick them out of a group of well-educated “schooled” kids because of it.