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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 myth-shattering 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 own debilitating medical problems.

How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.

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ISBN-10:  0618610030 (hbk.)
ISBN-13:  9780618610037 (hbk.)
Author:  Jerome Groopman
Genre:  Science, Medicine, Physician & Patient
Publisher:  Houghton Miflin
Date Published:  March 19, 2007
Format:  Hardcover
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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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