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.

Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best doctors, 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.



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