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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1 edition (July 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442201401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442201408
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With at least 100,000 hospital patients dying each year, associate professor and practicing internist Klein (From Anecdote to Antidote) calls medical malpractice in the U.S. a "pandemic," with mortality numbers comparable to "smoking, auto accidents, and pollution," placing the U.S. behind most of Europe, "including Poland and the Czech Republic." While Klein supports universal healthcare modeled on Medicare, he asserts that we'll need more: "substandard or negligent care have been swept under the rug" by the medical profession for too long. As such, he insists that the medical profession needs "medical courts governed by specialists in medical ethics and respected physicians" to analyze mistakes and discipline offenders. Further, patients and their families must be empowered to become part of the "treating team," researching their own symptoms whenever possible and demanding proper screening, blood work, and second opinions. Klein offers anecdotes and examples from his own career with internal and infectious medicine, as well as his experience as an expert witness in malpractice litigation, in this useful, though somewhat diffuse, resource.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Klein is a practicing physician who has often testified as an expert witness in cases alleging medical malpractice. From his two perspectives, he offers an insightful look at all the things that can—and often do—go wrong in medicine, from doctors inducing infection to mix-ups in patient records and prescriptions. As Klein describes it, it’s a wonder any of us makes it out of the doctor’s office or hospital alive and well. Citing examples from his practice and several cases, he explores the weaknesses in medicine, from doctor’s visits to hospital stays to treatments for major illnesses such as cancer. He offers harrowing stories of patients misdiagnosed for cancer, patients being given the wrong medication, and deaths caused by errors made by doctors who later changed medical records. His prescription: patients should be strong advocates for themselves, ask questions, do research, keep copies of test results, get second opinions, and maintain good health through exercise and nutrition and advocacy for physician’s report cards and online record keeping. A very valuable resource, particularly as the nation considers overhauling the health-care system. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The book is easy to read although the subjects are complex.
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A thorough physician will give you an emergency number to call or instruct you to get emergency medical treatment if warranted.
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The author gives you the tools you need to survive your doctors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Wedesweiler on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was full of information. It stresses the importance of record keeping(as well as copies of tests) and getting acquainted with your Emergency Room and its available facilities Also, of researching (Googling) for your own knowledge. You should also write down your questions before you go to the doctor.

The author also talks about the way doctors cover up their mistakes. The author gives you the tools you need to survive your doctors.

Some of my family is also reading this book for the needed awareness that the book offers.

I am the author of Summer Born: A Life With Cerebellar Ataxia and Dreams in August: Life, Love, and Cerebellar Ataxia
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Fatima Muhammad on November 28, 2011
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I did receive both of these books that I ordered on time and in great condition. I bought one for myself and one for a daughter who suffers many health challenges, and I thought this book would be a great help for her. I have some health issues and knew this book could be a weapon in my arsenal of trying to do the right things fro myself healthwise. Thanks to the author for writing this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on April 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Surviving Your Doctors" tells of the hidden dangers, delays, and costs of seeking health care in America. Dr. Klein begins with stories of outside utilization review, without the reviewer having real ('hands on') knowledge of the patient but instead driven by financial incentives to deny added tests or care. (Conversely, having been administratively involved in this process years ago, upon learning that nothing was ever denied, I suggested either eliminating the process or getting new review nurses.) Dr. Klein, however, does not mention other findings, such as enormous regional variation in care intensity that is unrelated to patient outcomes, and that some 'care' can be harmful (eg. unneeded CT-scans). Dr. Klein also complains about insurance rates linked to age, sex, and even race (the latter now illegal) - despite their significant impact on patient medical costs.

I was also quite taken aback by his statement that "Prescription drug coverage for the average elderly American is almost non-existent." Where was he when Medicare drug coverage was added in 2006? (The book is copyrighted in 2010.) His pointing out that the majority of malpractice is caused by a minority of physicians is important information, getting the percentage wrong on serious medical errors that don't result in malpractice claims (10%, vs. actual 16% - per his data) is not. Pointing out the large number of medication errors is good - understating the number of hospitals without drug interaction checking is not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dominique Goosby on January 7, 2013
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I absolutely LOVE this book. So much of the information shared makes a great deal of sense and I would highly recommend this read for anyone.
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