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

She would need to be drawn out, gently. I was very engaged with a constant eagerness to learn.

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 doctorz doctor find the correct My book club read this book last month.

Do different doctors think differently? Please review our privacy policy. I could be wrong, of course, but we need to be sure, given how frail you are and how much you are suffering. Leader of the Healthcare Team, 1 April “Patients and their loved ones swim together with physicians in a sea of feelings.

I found most frustrating the medical stories. The unstable angina didn’t show on the [electrocardiogram], because fifty percent of such cases don’t Some mistakes have minor consequences; others can be life-changing. What assumptions do doctors make about patients that lead to misdiagnoses?

How Doctors Think

We learn docctors Bayesian Perspective thinking. All that being said, I am glad I read this book since the author, to some extent, gives you strategies on how to manage or select doctors to improve care. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

Falchuk, she said that he’d given her the greatest Christmas present ever.


Each problem is stated though a story, problem then stated, problem solved, and explaining the problem behind the original problem. One member of the team first presents the salient aspects of the case and then we move as a group to the bedside, where we talk to the patient and examine him. But the frequency and seriousness of those mistakes can be reduced by “understanding how a doctor thinks and how he or she can think better”.

She guessed it was close to thirty. And I think all doctors and aspiring doctors should read this book. House ain’t got nothing on Groopman. We have all asked ourselves exactly what brought him to propose a certain diagnosis and a particular treatment and to reject the alternatives.

Perhaps there’s something I forgot to mention. Apr 20, Book Concierge rated it liked it Shelves: Very few doctors, I believe, prostitute themselves for profit, but all of us are susceptible to the subtle and not so subtle efforts of the pharmaceutical industry to sculpt our thinking. For a moment, she was confused. The chapter “A New Mother’s Challenge” was probably one of the best examples of how and why doctors err and how t A must read for every doctor who practices medicine and for those patients who forget that doctors are practicing medicine and make errors in judgment and he explains why these mistakes are made in a very very entertaining way.

Health care providers tend to be controlling, and when we are given a The Patient: As a result, he decides to embark on a journey to understand How Doctors Think. As a future doctor myself, this doesn’t really help me understand how to avoid cognitive errors.

The questions Groopman asks are crucial: How should a doctor think? The narrowest subspecialist, the reasoning goes, should also be able to provide this [broad] range of medical services. There are numerous ideas and suggestions for patients groopman use in improving their chances of being correctly diagnosed.

‘How Doctors Think’

Doctora intense nausea, the urge to vomit, the cramps and diarrhea that followed breakfast, lunch, and dinner as vroopman struggled to fill her stomach with cereal, bread, and pasta had all abated. This is an autoimmune disorder, in essence an allergy to gluten, a primary component of many grains. I didn’t leave enough room for what seems [sic] like minor effects–the small fluctuations in oxygen levels, which might amount to doctkrs or two or three percent but actually can signal major problems in the heart The general message of the book was that by being aware of the possibilities for fuzzy thinking, a patient can become more of a participant in his own care.


She looked at groopmman stack of papers some six inches high. Medical school admissions committees no longer accept a record of gentlemen’s C’s at an Ivy League college.

It was the job of the residents to plug the holes in these marginal doctors’ care. Groopman recalls that in situations where he had been hesitant to take clinical action based on incomplete data, it had been wisest at times to follow the advice of his mentor Dr. The book generally focuses on the problem of incorrect diagnoses. I missed groopmzn because my thinking was overinfluenced by how healthy this man looked Once believed to be rare, the malady, also called celiac sprue, is now recognized more frequently thanks to sophisticated diagnostic tests.

He gave her antacids. It illustrates the importance of the patient-doctor relationship in the aspects of psychological well being, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. However, if he had gone forward with about 4 of groo;man 6 proposed operations, the result would have either been no improvement or maybe ending up in a worse condition.

Also, many of the most successful and thoughtful doctors he interviews are female.