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Author Groopman, Jerome E.

Title How doctors think / Jerome Groopman
Published Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007


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Description 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 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
Summary "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 book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman 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 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 debilitating medical problems."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Medicine -- Decision making.
Medical logic.
Physicians -- Psychology.
Decision Making.
Clinical Medicine.
LC no. 2006035718
ISBN 9780618610037