How Doctors Think has ratings and reviews. Kirsti said: Things that you should find worrisome if a doctor says them to you or a loved one:*. In this very engaging and well-researched book, Jerome Groopman, a practicing oncologist with expertise in AIDS-related malignancies. ‘a series of illuminating essays that explore the rational and irrational factors that influence medical decision-making which Dr. Groopman, a clear writer and a.

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‘How Doctors Think’

Recognizing these fallibilities–understanding how a doctor is trained to think– enables patients to be more proactive, to ask better questions, and thus help themselves by helping the doctor find the correct My book club read groopmah book last month. We all have our stories of healthcare, and grooman book will give us more insight into the ‘whys grroopman wherefores’ of our physicians’ thought processes.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Using real-life examples, Groopman expl Dr. Second, he might have offered suggestions on how education should change to train more exemplary physicians.

Groopman often fails to consider the epidemiological “big picture” in certain key moments. The problem was basically an imbalance of the sort that isn’t even in the Western lexicon. During their conversation, Groopman asks the world-renowned cardiologist about the times in his career when he made mistakes in patient treatment.

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Support Center Support Center. Sherlock Holmes is a model detective, but human biology is not a theft or a murder where all the cues can add up neatly.


Something was profoundly wrong with the way they were learning to solve clinical puzzles and care for people. Half of all medical students are now groopjan.

eoctors See 1 question about How Doctors Thinkā€¦. Her father worked as a mechanic for United Airlines and only later in life did her mother, a homemaker, return for a high school equivalency degree. Some mistakes have minor consequences; others can be life-changing. Return to Book Page. Why did several physicians fail to diagnose Maxine Carlson’s ectopic pregnancy until the day it ruptured? Kahneman won the Nobel Prize in economics in for his work on heuristicsan honor that Groopman believes Tversky would have shared had he not died in When I met with Anne Dodge one month after her first appointment with Dr.

I then was lucky to meet my friend’s cousin, a Harvard Med student, who within moments said “you don’t even have the right symptoms for carpel tunnel – you have a pinched nerve in your neck and any surgery to your wrist would just cause you more pain and discomfort”. I would recommend it to anyone who is a doctor, hoping to be a doctor, or someone who is interested in medicine or decision making. Generally speaking my reaction to most of the examples in the book was that the docors groppman human, and they can slip up occasionally.

An important key in finding the right balance is to be aware of how those emotions affect interactions with patients and the decision-making process. In the end, she was able to persuade the doctors to reconsider their first diagnosis.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. So what can the reader do to ensure their doctor considers all the possibilities and comes to the correct diagnosis?


Do different doctors think differently? Her general practitioner suspected what was wrong, but to be sure he referred her to a psychiatrist, and the diagnosis was made: She listened carefully as Falchuk described how he would pass a fiberoptic instrument, essentially a flexible telescope, down her esophagus and then into her stomach and small intestine. This is an excellent read, both for physicians and those in medicine, and for patients.

Falchuk, she said that he’d given her the greatest Christmas present ever. He then continues by suggesting two more questions: I found a wealth of research that modeled “optimal” medical decision-making with complex mathematical formulas, but even the advocates of hkw formulas conceded that they rarely mirrored reality at the bedside or could be followed practically.

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At best, I said to Salem, a layman should inquire of friends and, if possible, other physicians as well as nurses about the clinical qualities of a doctor beyond his personality.

I was concerned about the lack of give-and-take among the trainees, but even more I was disappointed with myself as their teacher. Hypotheses about the diagnosis come to a doctor’s mind even before a word of the medical history is spoken. Excellent and thoughtful book, but I subtracted one star for a minor problem: Aug 02, Sue rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Atul Gawande Finally, Dr.