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How Doctors Think Paperback – Bargain Price, March 12, 2008
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Starred Review. SignatureReviewed by Perri KlassI wish I had read this book when I was in medical school, and I'm glad I've read it now. Most readers will knowJerome Groopman from his essays in the New Yorker, which take on a wide variety of complex medical conditions, evocatively communicating the tensions and emotions of both doctors and patients.But this book is something different: a sustained, incisive and sometimes agonized inquiry into the processes by which medical minds—brilliant, experienced, highly erudite medical minds—synthesize information and understand illness. How Doctors Think is mostly about how these doctors get it right, and about why they sometimes get it wrong: "[m]ost errors are mistakes in thinking. And part of what causes these cognitive errors is our inner feelings, feelings we do not readily admit to and often don't realize." Attribution errors happen when a doctor's diagnostic cogitations are shaped by a particular stereotype. It can be negative: when five doctors fail to diagnose an endocrinologic tumor causing peculiar symptoms in "a persistently complaining, melodramatic menopausal woman who quite accurately describes herself as kooky." But positive feelings also get in the way; an emergency room doctor misses unstable angina in a forest ranger because "the ranger's physique and chiseled features reminded him of a young Clint Eastwood—all strong associations with health and vigor." Other errors occur when a patient is irreversibly classified with a particular syndrome: "diagnosis momentum, like a boulder rolling down a mountain, gains enough force to crush anything in its way." The patient stories are told with Groopman's customary attention to character and emotion. And there is great care and concern for the epistemology of medical knowledge, and a sense of life-and-death urgency in analyzing the well-intentioned thought processes of the highly trained. I have never read elsewhere this kind of discussion of the ambiguities besetting the superspecialized—the doctors on whom the rest of us depend: "Specialization in medicine confers a false sense of certainty." How Doctors Think helped me understand my own thought processes and my colleagues'—even as it left me chastened and dazzled by turns. Every reflective doctor will learn from this book—and every prospective patient will find thoughtful advice for communicating successfully in the medical setting and getting better care.Many of the physicians Dr. Groopman writes about are visionaries and heroes; their diagnostic and therapeutic triumphs are astounding. And these are the doctors who are, like the author, willing to anatomize their own serious errors. This passionate honesty gives the book an immediacy and an eloquence that will resonate with anyone interested in medicine, science or the cruel beauties of those human endeavors which engage mortal stakes. (Mar. 19)Klass is professor of journalism and pediatrics at NYU. Her most recent book is Every Mother Is a Daughter, with Sheila Solomon Klass.
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Jerome Groopman, Harvard professor of medicine, AIDS and cancer researcher, and New Yorker staff writer in medicine and biology, isn't new to the popular medical-writing scene. Before How Doctors Think, he penned three other booksThe Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions, and The Measure of Our Daysthat explore the role of art in the hard science of medicine. Here, Groopman's readable prose emphasizes the human element, the give-and-take so important to successful diagnosis and treatment. One critic, however, compares the book's medical pyrotechnics to an episode of the medical show House, while another takes issue with the author's stance against Big Pharma. For the most part, critics see Groopman's latest effort as a compelling meditation on the interactions between doctors and patientsan effort reminding us that mistakes and miscommunications can be minimized but not eliminated.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Each chapter of Groopman's book has a personal example that reads like a detective story which he uses to make a point. In the chapter, "Gatekeepers," he tells how doctors are expected to see a patient every 15 minutes thereby missing essentials and reducing medical care to a commodity. In a chapter about a baby undergoing heart surgery, the point is made that "experts" must acknowledge their uncertainties if they are to be successful. In a chapter about a brain surgery, the point is that inaction is sometimes better than action.
The major points of Groopman's book are that, as a physician, his major partner is the patient, that it is always important to improve his thinking, that to do so he must open his mind, and the patient helps him to do that by asking questions.
getting the care to go in the direction that I needed it to go. I spent YEARS in a medical plan that served up to
me a new Med School Graduate every year as my GP. Each year I asked for help with my headaches and was
told that I didn't have a problem. I'd been hosed down with Agent Orange in Viet Nam, and had daily headaches
So I read Dr. Groopman's book and it taught me (an Engineer) how Doctors THINK. Now if you feel that you
just KNOW that Doctors have swelled heads, you never met a Design Engineer! We are the most egotistical
folks on the planet! But the book gave me the inside scoop on what I had been missing my whole life...a clear
understanding of what the DOCTOR is going through while He/She is interviewing you regarding your medical
history and complaints. It opened my eyes to the foolish mistakes I had been making all those years (decades).
I went to the next Doctor. Her name tag was so new it was hand-written. She explained to me that I didn't have
any allergies (like every year's Doctor had told me) and that I should just take a Decongestant. I told her if she
didn't send me to the Alergist, I would quit the plan. I FINALLY went to see an Allergist. They found some trouble,
and treated it immediately. Without this book, I would still be waiting to meet this year's new MD, with a headache.
It may sound corny, but this is a BREAKTHROUGH BOOK! You NEED it if you aren't getting the kind of results
from the Medical Profession that you want to get. It helps you CONNECT with your Physician, not just to bully him.
You really, truly need to understand how He/She thinks, and this is your KEY. BUY IT! BUY IT NOW!!! Hap