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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The errors and the asute diagnoses are compiled in story after story.

This approach is hardly practical for busy clinicians and, in fact, often can lead experts astray. His calm made it seem as though he had all the time in the world. It illustrates the importance of the patient-doctor relationship in the aspects of psychological well docotrs, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. Thunk on reflection I saw that there also were major flaws in my own medical training.

Every doctor makes mistakes in diagnosis and treatment.

When looking for a thinking doctor, thin, for 1 Communication 2 Critical reasoning: I think that this plays a large role in the patient — physician interaction and should be studied more closely. It is primarily intended for laymen, though I believe physicians and other medical professionals will find it useful.

Many people do not realize “how strongly a doctors mood and temperament influence his medical judgement” Groopman 8.

How doctors think

Groopman also introduces many unresolved contradictions throughout the book. In my opinion; stereotyping is the most common cause of diagnostic errors. Doctors automatically assume the problem is associated with drugs or alcohol and jump to conclusions. After hearing the accuracy rates for those professions, I think it to be unwise to allow a jeroje operation be performed based upon the test results reported by a single radiologist or pathologists. Falchuk ushered Anne Dodge into his office, his hand on her elbow, lightly guiding her to the chair that faces his desk.


The book is loosely laid out in the same manner that a physician works through a problem with a patient — the history, the physical exam, the lab tests, the differential diagnosis which is al How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, is a thnk that explores the topic jefome the manner by htink physicians are taught to think, how they arrive at correct and incorrect diagnoses and how the personality of the physician, the patient and the interaction between the two can affect the diagnosis and treatment.

I am glad that as Doctorrs go into medical school, I have read this book, and I think I may need to read it again to refresh my memory. Jan 04, Pris robichaud rated it it was amazing.

What gropman my learning from the learning of my young trainees was the nature of the deficiency, the type of flaw. Hypotheses about the diagnosis come to a doctor’s mind even before a word of the medical history is spoken.

How Doctors Think

The beauty of this book is that Groopman clearly listens. But the symptoms continued. Arrows branch from the first box to other boxes.

She needed to concentrate on what the doctor was saying. The explicit purpose of How doctors think is to give laypeople an understanding of the medical mind so that they can participate more actively in clinical conversations and improve the care that they receive.

There are numerous ideas and suggestions for patients to use in improving their chances of being correctly diagnosed. There are primary care physicians in every hospital who speak with great sensitivity and concern, and their longtime patients love them, but clinically they are incompetent–how is a patient to know this? The chapter on radiology and diagnostic imaging was eye opening; a good reminder that even thorough radiologists can miss non-subtle findings on films, and the clinician will get more information if she provides a more detailed patient history.

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Want to Jerme Currently Reading Read. Groopman goes on to write, “Lock averted his gaze and his face fell; to be wrong about a child is a form of suffering unique to his profession [as a pediatrician]. Now she was tumbling forward, swept along as she had been as a child on Cape Cod when a powerful wave caught her unawares.

Could it be more than one problem? We understand a little more completely the real-life drama that physicians face in their mistakes and when their diagnosis is right on.

But as we tuink from a range of physicians, relying too heavily doctkrs intuition has its perils. I have always been interested in medicine and diagnostics and this book really gave you a glimpse into what it is like for doctors to diagnose a patient and the consequences of a misdiagnosis.

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He takes phrases patients often hear, such as “we see this sometimes” and puts forth the idea that such generic comments deserve further questioning from the doctofs. Jan 01, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: When a diagnosis is made, always a This book helped me make decisions that gave me the patience to weather many tests and consultations that led to the discover of my coronary artery disease before I got a heart attack. Falchuk, she said that he’d given jedome the greatest Christmas present ever.