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Guide to Top Doctors (Consumers Guide to Top Doctors) 3rd Edition

2.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1888124132
ISBN-10: 188812413X
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Editorial Reviews


Finding a good doctor is essential to your health. Unfortunately, most consumers have little to go on. The Guide to Top Doctors is the most useful source of physician information. -- Stephen Brobeck, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America

The Guide to Top Doctors does for consumers what I as a physician do myself - find out from my colleagues who the best doctors are. The Guide provides much- needed information for consumers and is a great place to start when trying to find a good doctor. --Haya Rubin, Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

About the Author

Consumers CHECKBOOK/The Center for the Study of Services is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974 with the help of funding from the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs. Our purpose is to provide consumers information to help them get high quality services and products at the best possible prices. We are supported entirely by subscription payments and donations from individual consumers who subscribe to our magazines, and by fees for our survey and information services and books. We do not accept donations from businesses and our publications carry no advertising. We publish Consumers CHECKBOOK magazine in seven local versions: in the Boston, Chicago, Delaware Valley, Puget Sound, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Twin Cities, and Washington, DC, areas. CHECKBOOK evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies. CHECKBOOK has won the National Press Club s prestigious First Place Award for Excellence in Consumer Journalism. The Center provides various kinds of help to consumers who want to buy or lease a new car. Check out our CarBargains and LeaseWise services which help consumers get great deals from new car dealers by making them bid competitively for your business. Another of our publications, CarDeals, is a bi-weekly newsletter detailing auto rebates and incentives offered by car manufacturers. In addition, the Center is busy in the health care arena, publishing national guides, including Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, Guide to Top Doctors, and Consumers Guide to Hospitals. These guides are available in book form and online.

Product Details

  • Series: Consumers Guide to Top Doctors
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Center for the Study of Services; 3rd edition (July 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188812413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888124132
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,645,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on December 19, 2003
I wrote the last review, giving this book high marks. That was the previous edition, however. I ordered the current edition, published in 2002, and am disappointed. The guide lists only physicians in large metropolitan areas. In Arizona, for instance, only physicians in the Phoenix area are listed, and in Washington, only those doctors in Seattle are listed. So if you live in a smaller county or are unable to travel to a large city, this book will not be helpful.
Also, one of the neurosurgeons listed in the Seattle area has now lost his license due to Medicare fraud!
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When people decide to buy an automobile, or even a new vacuum cleaner, they research the products available before making their decision. Why, then, when they find they're in need of something like back surgery, do they choose whoever is readily available, or the local doctor who "seems like a really nice guy?"
This book saved my life, or rather, my quality of life. When I was diagnosed with a back problem that would require surgery, I decided that I was going to be very particular about the surgeon that was allowed to "mess with MY back!" I found this book at our local library and selected, from it, a highly rated neurosurgeon in my geographical area. I have been very happy with the results!
As a Registered Nurse with many years of experience, I have referred many people, who ask for a recommendation to a reliable physician, to this book. I will be forever grateful that I had access to its information when it was needed.
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I have both editions of TOP DOCTOR'S. I am waiting for the next edition, as it seems more doctors voted the second time, and some mentioned in first book are no longer there.It's the best information available.No one knows what they are getting when going into surgery, nor just how good their doctor might be. It's my "Bible". I can't do without it. I carry a copy in my car when I travel, as it has doctors in most major cities.I have sent copies of the city that my children live in, and have recommended they only go to those doctors on list.I copy the cities I travel to in case of emergency.

I have noticed that there is one group which has many doctors, and they seem to vote for those in the same religion, so don't just go by whomever has most mentions(votes).

Hope that next editions check for previous review concern below on status of doctor,and anything else that will improve the book.

Better safe than sorry.
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