- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594203113
- ISBN-13: 978-1594203114
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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"You’ll close the book with an entirely new attitude and set of tools for making medical decisions… Groopman and Hartzband’s important book will help doctor and patient learn how each of us navigates our own tolerance for risk, thus improving outcomes on both sides of the examination table." — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (Daniel J. Levitin)
“Your Medical Mind is a welcome and overdue comprehensive exploration of the patient’s perspective as he or she navigates the dizzying array of choices modern medicine presents.” — BOSTON GLOBE
“Part psychological study and part self-help book, Your Medical Mind doesn't provide answers but, rather, insights into navigating the increasingly daunting and dysfunctional world of medicine.” — NPR.org
“A welcome guide for those who are daunted by the choices they face, ranging from taking a cholesterol-lowering drug to making end-of-life decisions for a loved one.” — WALL STREET JOURNAL
“This important and riveting book could change—and perhaps even save—your life.”— Daniel Gilbert, author of STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS
“Bringing the deep sensitivity and outstanding clinical skill that characterize all of his writings, Jerome Groopman has joined forces with Pamela Hartzband to bring us a message of wisdom and far-ranging importance. The complexities that face any patient in making personal medical decisions are here described, analyzed and clarified by two master physicians, who guide us with empathy, sincere caring and wide experience.”
— Sherwin Nuland, author of HOW WE DIE
About the Author
Jerome Groopman, MD, and Pamela Hartzband, MD, are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and on the staff of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. They have collaborated on articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
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I won't summarize "Your Medical Mind" here, but would refer you to the excellent review posted recently by Dr. Davis Liu.
If you have time to read only one of Dr. Groopman's books, I would strongly recommend "How Doctors Think," which beginning to end gives valuable insights into medical decision making. The essential message there is that, even though nearly all doctors have the patients' best interests at heart and are fully competent in their respective specialties, doctors are likely to have some degree of tunnel vision which prevents them from tailoring the "statistically best" treatment to the individual patient. "How Doctors Think" gives the sage advice that patients are best served by being informed and proactive about diagnostic and treatment options.
I am encountering exactly the kinds of dilemmas it describes with my recently diagnosed prostate cancer, and it has renewed my hope for coming up with the best analysis and treatment.
I am buying a second copy for a good friend with a son dying of cancer (as well as having many serious health issues himself)
The book describes a broad picture on medicine-practicing and the medical decision-making process of different types of patients. The decision can be affected by the patients' background, the doctors' biases, etc. This book explore parts in the practice of medicine that I could not imagine before. The authors also share their own story.
This book also has a hard cover version, but I prefer this one because it's easier to bend to soft cover.