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:*. The same shortcuts that help physicians save lives can also lead to grave errors. Jerome Groopman on the psychology of diagnosis. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman explores why doctors.

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Numbers can only complement a physician’s personal experience with a drug or a procedure, as well as his knowledge of whether a “best” therapy from a clinical trial fits tjink patient’s particular needs and values.

Sometimes testing increases uncertainty or does more harm than good. He admits to having one glass of rum a day, but it really only was one glass, as confirmed by his daughter. However, after many tests ordered groopmqn Redelmeier, it was discovered that the man had Wilson’s disease. Let’s talk about the past months.

How doctors think

While his description of his own personal journey with his mysterious wrist pain and its elusive diagnosis is interesting at an anecdotal level, the lessons drawn from that journey are puzzling at best.

When he began to discuss Anne Ggoopman case, he sat up in his chair as if a jolt of electricity had passed through him. Falchuk intently inspected the creases in her hands, as though he were a fortuneteller reading her lifelines and future. A note for the author: I enjoyed this book groopmn lot.


‘How Doctors Think’

It has some reasonable suggestions for being aware of one’s limitations and trying to compensate for predictable lapses. This is Bayesian analysis, a method of decision-making favored by those who construct algorithms and strictly adhere to evidence-based practice.

After surveying the significance of a doctor’s words and feelings, the book follows the path that we take when we move through today’s medical system. But most doctors get most diagnoses right most of the time. Sherlock Holmes is a model detective, but human biology thnk not a theft or a murder where all the cues can add up neatly.

Falchuk is a compact man in his early sixties with a broad bald pate and lively eyes. Very similar to malaysian book Diagnosis, what i learnt here are: Jerome Groopman The Thinkk Male Menopause July 23, Your wife is a physician and female.

How doctors think

Hope and Medicine Nov. He argues that gatekeeper physicians are underreimbursed for their work, believing this to be a legacy of the period earlier this century when surgeons headed the medical societies that negotiated with insurers about what a ‘customary’ thini for services was to be.

This book would be disheartening if Groopman’s attitude toward patients wasn’t so positive, if he wasn’t so respectful of patients he spends one page of his Acknowledgements thanking the friends and patients who helped him think more clearly about issues raised in How Doctors Think.


Apr 28, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: For that reason, I do not delve into psychiatry in this book.

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

Every doctor, every potential patient. Surely her internist had told Dr. Reviewed by Soctors M. You don’t have to read the whole thing unless you really get into it.

The first time was during my second year of medical school and I re-read my review of it, remembering how confusing just the process of arriving at a differential diagnosis can be. Many doctors assumed she was not eating the amount they suggested and framed her for lying.

The snap judgment based on their initial reaction of disgust was wrong and almost led them to miss a serious illness. Open Preview See a Problem? There, doctors often do not have the benefit of knowing us, and must work with limited information about our medical history.

At the time of the presentation, Groopman was unable to provide a satisfactory response.