How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

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How Doctors Think is a window into the mind of the physician and an insightful examination of the all-important relationship between doctors and their patients. In this myth-shattering work, Jerome Groopman explores the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He pinpints why doctors succeed and why they err. Most important, Groopman shows when and how doctors can -- with our help -- avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health.
 

About Jerome Groopman

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Jerome Groopman, M.D., holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he is the author of How Doctors Think, The Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions, The Measure of Our Days, and other books.
 
Published March 12, 2008 by Mariner Books. 325 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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A revealing, often disturbing look at what goes on in doctors’ minds when treating patients, plus some advice to patients on how to work with their doctors to improve that process.

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The New York Times

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Jerome Groopman’s series of illuminating essays explore the rational and irrational factors that influence medical decision-making.

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The New York Times

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Doctors and patients don’t always communicate well, with serious consequences, says Jerome Groopman.

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Publishers Weekly

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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.

Jan 29 2007 | Read Full Review of How Doctors Think

Book Reporter

Groopman looks at the pressure that doctors are under --- expectations from the practice that they will consult with each patient for no more than 15 minutes, visits from aggressive drug reps, reluctance to deal with certain kinds of patients, the idea that they already know from a glance what a ...

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Entertainment Weekly

Harvard Medical School professor and New Yorker staffer Jerome Groopman's How Doctors Think is single-minded in its exploration of ''what goes on in a doctor's mind as he or she treats a patient.'' Often, decisions about a patient are made within seconds and influenced by the doctor's own persona...

Mar 16 2007 | Read Full Review of How Doctors Think

Zimbio

As a practicing primary care doctor, I believe that we, not the patients, bear this responsibility and that I hope doctors in training are being taught this routinely in this country and that others welcome the opportunity to do better.

Jan 28 2009 | Read Full Review of How Doctors Think

Bookmarks Magazine

David Kessler Boston Globe 3 of 5 Stars "How Doctors Think offers patients some insight into the general shapes and contours of how doctors make life-enhancing or life-threatening decisions.

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Oprah.com

It's a paradox: To treat patients well, doctors need to keep their emotional distance—in other words, care for them without caring too much about them.

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The New York Review of Books

In the US, for example, nine out of ten doctors rate community activity, politics, and patient advocacy as important aspects of their work.5 Doctors seem to be adapting to changing social mores.

May 31 2007 | Read Full Review of How Doctors Think

The New York Review of Books

Cambridge University Press, 2009), documents how the introduction of each new technology in the clinic, beginning with the stethoscope and extending to our era with MRI scans and electronic medical records, is initially enthusiastically greeted by both physicians and the public, but can impair th...

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New York Magazine

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New York Magazine

Groopman is obsessed with heuristics, the often unconscious and particularly human strategies of pattern recognition that doctors use to make quick decisions.

Mar 26 2007 | Read Full Review of How Doctors Think

New York Magazine

I spent most of my youth and early adulthood avoiding doctors because I thought I was being eaten alive by a secret mysterious cancer, and I was pretty sure that once it was discovered, physicians everywhere would be mad at me.

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Project MUSE

This is not a new idea, but Groopman's spin is novel: doctors are most likely to err when it comes to diagnosis, and patients can lead their physicians to correct conclusions by diverting their doctors away from cognitive traps.

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Harvard Business Review

The very title of Jerome Groopman's new book, How Doctors Think, gave me pause.

Aug 02 2007 | Read Full Review of How Doctors Think

City Journal

Falchuk, Groopman writes, “heard in [Dodge’s] doctor’s recitation of the case the implicit message that his role was to examine Anne’s abdomen .

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