How Doctors Think

How Doctors Think

by Jerome Groopman, M.D.

Overview: How Doctors Think is a window into the mind of the physician and an insightful examination of the all-important relationship between doctors and their patients. In this myth-shattering work, Jerome Groopman explores the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He pinpoints why doctors succeed and why they err. Most important, Groopman shows when and how doctors can - with our help - avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health.

Sharon Weiss (01/21/15): Dr. Groopman, the Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has written a very readable analysis of how doctors fixate on a diagnosis and therapy for patients without really considering options outside their comfort area. He relates real life instances where patients have been misdiagnosed partly because the doctor did not pick up all of the clues at the outset. Dr. Groopman even uses an issue with his hand that resulted in a wide range of diagnoses, most of which were inaccurate. For those of us who have had personal or family member misdiagnosis experience, this book is valuable insight as to the origin of the problem. We all need to ensure our medical issues are heard and understood before a diagnosis is rendered. It's also a lesson is shopping around for an accurate diagnosis when we don't believe the initial one was correct.
Rating:*****

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