When Doctors Don't Listen by Leana Wen
How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

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In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor’s visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can’t afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more:How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you8-Pillars to a Better DiagnosisHow to tell the whole story of your illnessLearning test risks and evaluating whether they’re worth itHow to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visit

By empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, this essential guide enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.


About Leana Wen

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DR. LEANA WEN is a resident physician at Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General and clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. A Rhodes Scholar, Wen is a past national president of the American Medical Student Association. DR. JOSHUA KOSOWSKY is assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Clinical Director of the Brigham & Women's Emergency Medicine Department. He is the author of over two dozen articles and textbook chapters, and is co-editor of Pocket Emergency Medicine.
Published January 15, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. 349 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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All of the experiences shared lead into actionable steps patients can take toward being "better patients" as well as working to pressure doctors into providing better care—steering the conversation away from close-ended questions, insisting on both explanations for recommended tests and exploring...

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Just as the providers were surprised by the patient's complaint, the patient and his wife were taken aback when the team that I was part of presented them with their doctors' point of view.

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