How Doctors Think Author: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 can also be wrong?with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopma... more »n explores the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He pinpoints 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. 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. In a new afterword for the paperback edition, Groopman offers patients and their family members practical suggestions for improved communication with their physicians.
How Doctors Think reveals a profound view of twenty-first-century medical practice, providing medical students, doctors, and patients with the vital information they need to improve health care.« less
I found this book totally informative. I now have a far better idea of how doctors get to a diagnosis and what goes into their thoughts.
I've also learned that we should never totally rely on their opinions about the findings on our x-rays, CT scans, etc. Whenever the test results are given to several specialists the findings are frequently different from one another. One might feel the results are negative and another might have spotted a small cancer. Apparently this is quite common. I found this scary. It makes me think that we might need to request a reading by more than one person.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants a better understanding of their health. It is written in plain language, totally easy to understand. It also goes into detail about how a doctor feels when his own health is in question. It might surprise you.
Everything written by Dr.Groopman is excellent reading.