The same shortcuts that help physicians save lives can also lead to grave errors. Jerome Groopman on the psychology of diagnosis. In this very engaging and well-researched book, Jerome Groopman, a practicing oncologist with expertise in AIDS-related malignancies. In the hands of Jerome Groopman, professor of medicine at Harvard and One of the messages of “How Doctors Think” is that patients need to.

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Everyone makes mistakes every day. By Jerome Groopman, MD. 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. Frankly, they seemed a little trite.

They will know what I mean by this when they and might think like I did and get a nice slap when the point of why the problem is elaborated.

Key questions to ask: After all, checklists developed at Cook County hospital improved the overall accuracy of diagnosis of chest pain there. Your wife is a physician and female.

Sometimes listening afresh provides more insight. Groopman is a professor of experimental medicine.

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

This book was strongly recommended to me by several colleagues who I deeply respect. The book is loosely laid out in ghink same manner that a physician works through a problem with a patient — the history, the voctors exam, the lab tests, the differential diagnosis dotors is also spread throughout the booktreatment and other factors that may influence a physician with respect to a patient.


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 a patient’s particular needs and values.

She was raised in Hempstead, Long Island. 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.

How Doctors Think

Refresh and try again. For example, he criticizes the use of patient templates versus traditional open-ended questioning in reaching a diagnosis because the former tends to restrict a doctor’s ability to reason Ch. Laypeople also should inquire about how time-tested a new treatment is. Groopman often fails to consider the epidemiological “big picture” in certain key moments. For fifteen years she’d watched it grow from visit to visit. Is there a fever or not?

How Doctors Think

Nonetheless, their patients were devoted to them. At the time of the presentation, Groopman was unable to provide a satisfactory response. Last year when I read the book, I read it almost as a patient more than a physician. They are trying to make a living and doing the best they can. Notably, he describes his difficulties with a number of orthopedic surgeons as he sought treatment for a debilitating ligament laxity he suffered in his bow hand, which over several years had led to the formation of cysts in the bones of his wrist.

Now she was tumbling forward, doctoors along as she had been as a child on Cape Cod when a powerful wave caught her unawares. During their conversation, Groopman asks the world-renowned cardiologist about the times in his career when he made mistakes in patient treatment.


I turned out to be wrong because there are variables that you can’t factor groopmab until you actually do it.

Overall, a good, interesting and helpful read. Anne Dodge saw his eyes drift away from hers.

In the end, I am not sure I am that much wiser, but I appreciated that one doctor the aut I really should not have read this book! Myron Falchuk, a gastroenterologist. The book opens with a discussion of a woman in her thirties who suffered daily stomach cramps and serious weight loss, and who visited some 30 doctors over a period of 15 years.

‘How Doctors Think’

What else could this be? I also thing that he did not take into account one major thing — disbelief of the patient. He suggests that the poor reimbursement and lack of recognition for primary care physicians is fundamentally flawed.

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. She had gained nearly twelve pounds.