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How Doctors Think

4 Ratings: 3.8
2007 non-fiction book by Jerome Groopman

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 … see full wiki

Author: Jerome Groopman
Genre: Science, Medicine, Physician & Patient
Publisher: Houghton Miflin
Date Published: March 19, 2007
2 reviews about How Doctors Think
review by . December 07, 2008
How Doctors Think
They say that knowledge is power.  Every so often a book comes along that substantially improves the chances of a person successfully navigating an unfamiliar or stressful situation.  One such book is Dr. Jerome Groopman's latest offering "How Doctor's Think".  This is a book written by a physician that is intended for general audiences.  The good doctor has done us all a real service here.      For the average person a sudden dibilitating …
review by . April 20, 2009
  When Dr. Jerome Groopman began his medical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he placed a high priority on facts. While in medical school he had tirelessly tried to "store an encyclopedia in [his] mind" as so that when faced with patients, he could "open the mental book and find the correct diagnosis and treatment." Thirty years later he saw students and residents relying on statistics, algorithms, "evidence-based" guidelines -- tools he feared would shackle their cognitive …
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