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How Doctors Think | [Jerome Groopman]

How Doctors Think

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within 12 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 pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make.
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Publisher's Summary

A New Yorker staff writer, best-selling author, and professor at Harvard Medical School unravels the mystery of how doctors figure out the best treatments - or fail to do so. This book describes the warning signs of flawed medical thinking and offers intelligent questions patients can ask.

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within 12 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 pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He 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 have a profound impact on our health.

Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country's best physicians, and his own experiences as a doctor and 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 21st-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.

©2007 Jerome Groopman, M.D.; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A revealing, often disturbing look at what goes on in doctors' minds when treating patients....A highly pleasurable must-read. "(Kirkus)
"I wish I had read this book when I was in medical school, and I'm glad I've read it now....Every reflective doctor will learn from this book....every prospective patient will find thoughtful advice for communicating successfully." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dan Santa CruzVirgin Islands, U.S. 11-23-07
    Dan Santa CruzVirgin Islands, U.S. 11-23-07
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    "How Lay People Think"

    Dr. Groopman tells his stories well – keeping you engaged and learning from his tales. It runs a bit counter to the patient's wanting the doctor to have all the answers, but that's good for us. It is likely to make us healthier in the long run.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tonkin Castle Rock, CO United States 01-24-14
    Thomas Tonkin Castle Rock, CO United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Sincerity in Leadership. Sales Enablement and Performance. Speaker and Author. But what I realIy do is help people be the best they can be.

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    "I listened and liked it, but not why you think."
    What did you love best about How Doctors Think?

    I picked this book up because Tom Peters referenced it when he was discussing leaders as doctors, or problem solvers. I read it from a sales person's perspective and found some great parallels. I am a sales enablement person by day and now use stories and points made in this book in my training sessions. Good book overall.


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    Nonpartisan 09-23-07
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    "disappointing"

    Disappointing......the part about Rachael and the baby from Vietnam seemed to go on forever leading nowhere.

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    Carol Berkeley, CA, USA 07-10-07
    Carol Berkeley, CA, USA 07-10-07
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    "excellent on all counts"

    Excellent book, wonderfully read! I held my breath for 5 whole minutes during the somewhat harrowing central story. Who'da thunk it for a book about how doctors make decisions and what they think of patients?

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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