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  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026198
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,683,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a great read for any parent. It really helps you get inside of the mind of your child's doctor and figure out how to best communicate. It tells you why most miscommunications happen, how to avoid misdiagnosis, and gives some of the best information I have ever seen on how to deal with a difficult doctor. This book is actually useful for communicating with any medical professional: Dentists, pediatricians, general practitioners, surgeons, and even your veterinarian. I cannot recommend it highly enough.", All Things Baby & Child, October 23, 2008

About the Author

Christopher M. Johnson, MD, MA (Santa Fe, NM), is a pediatrician in private practice at Pediatric Intensive Care Associates, PC. Formerly, he was employed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He is the author of Your Critically Ill Child: Life and Death Choices Parents Must Face, which was selected by Library Journal for its Best Consumer Health Books of 2007. For more about author Christopher Johnson, visit

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I am a native of Winona, Minnesota. I received my undergraduate education in history and religion at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania, where I was elected to phi beta kappa and graduated magna cum laude in 1974. I earned my Doctor of Medicine degree in 1978 from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. I subsequently trained in general pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by training in pediatric infectious diseases and pediatric critical care medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both general pediatrics and in pediatric critical care medicine, and am a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

I have had a long-standing interest in how medical practice evolved in America and how it reached its present state of affairs. Reflecting that interest, I earned a Master of Arts degree in History of Medicine from the University of Minnesota for my work on that subject, and am a member of the American Association for the History of Medicine.

I have practiced pediatric critical care medicine for nearly thirty years. I was for many years Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Service at the Mayo Clinic and Professor of Pediatrics at Mayo Medical School, as well as Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital. While on the faculty at Mayo, I was the author of over fifty scientific papers and book chapters in medical texts, and was the recipient of major grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the March of Dimes Foundation. I now devote my time to practicing pediatric critical care as President of Pediatric Intensive Care Associates, P.C., and to writing about medicine for general readers.

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When it comes to one's child, communication should not be an issue. "How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor: A Handbook for Parents" is a guide for parents who want to ensure they get their doctor's best for the sake of their child. Seeking to conserve time and avoid the bureaucracy of the medical profession, the ideas laid within are there to help parents speed along while not sacrificing quality. "How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor" is a must for parents who want to help their doctor help their child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By well-above-sea-level on September 8, 2008
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Dr. Christopher Johnson is back with a new book, 'How To Talk To Your Child's Doctor', and was kind enough to speak with me again about how it came to be.

Dr. Johnson's first book,'Your Critically Ill Child - Life and Death Choices Parents Must Face, was a Library Journal pick for their list of Best Consumer Health Books of 2007, and I was very impressed imagining how helpful it would be for parents in unimaginable crisis.

But 'How To Talk To Your Child's Doctor' is for everyone. I'll have to concede that it's geared towards parents, but anyone looking to know how doctors think will be able to use this vastly helpful book in advocating for the patient - whether that be their child or themselves. It's fascinating, well organized, and should be handed out with that little freebie diaper bag they give you at the hospital with your new baby.

I really do consider this a must-read for parents of children of all ages and for anyone else who'd like to feel less of an outsider while sitting in that lovely paper gown.

You can hear our podcast interview at PsychJourney dot com.
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