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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743292588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743292580
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is the four-time New York Times #1 bestselling author and cofounder and originator of the popular RealAge.com website. He is Chief Wellness Officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and Chief Medical Consultant to the Dr. Oz show. He currently lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Mehmet C. Oz, MD, is also a New York Times #1 bestselling author and multiple Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute. He currently lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

More About the Author

We wrote YOU: The Owner's Manual to help everyone understand that 70 percent of how long and how well you live is in your hands. But we wanted to go one step further and move you from just knowing the rules to really understanding how your body works. And we realized that if we bottled the 'eureka moments' and irreverence that medical school teaches, you might really enjoy the artistry of the inner workings of your body (we included cartoons so guys would understand). But The Owner's Manual was limited: folks whose lives were already touching the health care system needed advice to best navigate that serpentine path. We realized that a 'Smart Patient' was essential to realizing the promise of 'The Owner's Manual'. Luckily for us, the Joint Commission, our nation's health care safety advocate, approached us to help with a BIG problem. Medical errors in hospitals cost us 98,000 lives per year, and the Joint Commission could not squash this crazily large number without making all patients allies in this fight.

Being a Smart Patient means you've passed a stringent exam (well, a fun but informative quiz, anyway), and you know things that the vast majority of other patients do not. We learned a lot from this process of writing, and share all we knew beforehand and learned:
' You'll know why you need to include your spouse in your health history, even though there's no blood relation.
' You'll know why you should always be one of your doctor's first appointments of the day.
' You'll know which hospital staffer you should always talk to before choosing a surgeon (hint: it's the anesthesiologist).
' And you'll know why you should never touch the TV remote control in your hospital room.

The book debuted at #2 on the NY Times list, so some must at least like the jokes, or the cartoons (we understand an insurance company doesn't care for the one on page 333), or the insights combined with an encyclopedic list of trustworthy resources.

It's a scary statistic, but it's true: you have a 2 in 5 chance of being affected by a major medical complication in your life. And even the best doctors using the most cutting-edge technology can't prevent it. Yet that's the unrealistic expectation. The unsettling reality is that health care has become so complex it is no longer possible for any one doctor or other health care provider in the system to manage the whole process unless they have a partner. And that person is YOU.

The following insider tips are just a taste of those we crammed into You: The Smart Patient. We hope that this book will inspire and empower YOU to get involved in your health care.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

The first sign of a Smart Patient is that telltale document they produce during their first visit, or even their 50th. It's their health profile. This is the sign of a patient who means business, one who will challenge us to be at our absolute best and who won't waste time and money on redundant and unnecessary efforts. To create the perfect health profile, circa early 21st century, find the sample form labeled Your Health Journal. These forms are also online at www.jcrinc.com and www.realage.com.

Have a Tattle Plan
Bring your spouse or advocate to your doctor's appointment when you're giving your health history; there are a lot of questions that only he or she can answer. But, please, before coming in to the office together, make sure you discuss which fibs you're going to tell. Why? Because when you tell us that you've been taking your cholesterol-lowering drugs with the discipline of a Marine, your spouse will shoot you'or us'an involuntary look that communicates something close to Are you kidding me? We never miss it. And sometimes your spouse is trying to give your fibs away: it's called love.

Customer Reviews

Enjoyable read for a 16 yr old teen.
Doreen Armitage
Information is power and Dr Oz has armed every teen, parent, guardian, the gift of knowledge.
bookworm
Will probably read it as he gets older and more curious.
Maxine A. Henson

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura on September 4, 2013
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I flipped through this book before giving it to my 14-year old son and boy am I glad I did! Now, my family is very open and I always answer my kids' questions honestly, no matter what. I believe it leads to better communication and more intelligent kids. I am open-minded and pretty liberal in my view points, and assume my kids are going to have sex before marriage. I would like to think that they will wait a long while or more ideally, until marriage, but that isn't realistic in these times. HOWEVER, I am not going to tell my kids something that they don't need to worry about yet or encourage a behavior I do not agree with. While flipping though this book however, I found a section that talked about oral sex and how to cope if you think your "parts" are too small and how to be more confident about that kind of thing. WHAT??? I am NOT giving my 14-year old a book like that! Maybe his dad can give it to him in a few years. I just don't think a 14-year old boy needs to worry about what position to have intercourse in so his anatomy doesn't feel too small to her.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on October 11, 2011
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An important handbook for every teen and parents. A must read for every teen and parents. Very informative. My 2 teens love it. It opens a huge door for our family discussion. Information is power and Dr Oz has armed every teen, parent, guardian, the gift of knowledge. I love it. I will buy a bunch more to give as Christmas present to all the parents with teen I know. Speedy shipping time too, it's only 4 days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Thomas on July 29, 2011
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I bought this for my neice. She needs a place to go learn about her! I think this will be a great book for her. I hope she gets the message.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trdr on August 4, 2011
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My oldest gets very embarrassed when talking about growing up. This book allows him to look up topics that he is too embarrassed to discuss but then will quote it back to me if a topic comes up.
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By Suzanne Anderson on July 7, 2014
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Don't know. Gift for niece.
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I gave this book to a household of teens and I think it was very popular reading material. I'm hoping none of them become teen parents.
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By Cindy Robinette on September 17, 2013
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I liked looking through this book. My teen seemed less than eager to pick it up, but I feel good knowing it's available to her when she has a question about her health.
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