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.
"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)
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the thought process. I may recommend this to patients as a glimpse into the mind of physicians. author does a great job of clarify technical medical terms. The jargon may be overwhelming at times, but the point is usually clear. Strongly recommend individuals who have questions about the general approach of physicians to read or listen to this book.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
reminiscent of the work of the great surgeon Richard Selzer, Groopman's work gives the reader a wonderful insight into the ways that a doctor thinks, both when he makes the right decision regarding a patient--and when he makes a wrong one. He reminds us of what real critical thinking is--being at once calculating and creative in a realm in which uncertainty reigns.
A great book for everyone to read as it illustrates, as the author states, that a patient has to be an active participant in the process of seeking the care and treatment one needs.
Excellent reflection on the complex components of clinical and individual decision making. Bravo! Just what I needed at this point in my career!
Very good book with excellent examples, but read by your angry grandfather. It was difficult to listen despite the quality of the content.
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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.
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.
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