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:*. In this very engaging and well-researched book, Jerome Groopman, a practicing oncologist with expertise in AIDS-related malignancies. ‘a series of illuminating essays that explore the rational and irrational factors that influence medical decision-making which Dr. Groopman, a clear writer and a.

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When a diagnosis is made, always ask: His text often includes discussions with, descriptions of, and background information on the physicians and patients involved in the cases.

Jun 25, Karen thini it really liked it Shelves: What else could this be? Groopman recalls that in situations where he had been hesitant to take clinical action based on incomplete data, it had been wisest at times to follow the advice of his mentor Dr.

For a long moment Anne sat mute, still searching for the date. Don’t hate doctrs because the prescribe expensive drugs or inconclusive tests. The first theme is that doctors who don’t listen to their patients are likely to make serious mistakes in diagnosis and treatment. Groopman quotes his mentor, Dr.

Doctors made errors 2. The explicit purpose of How doctors think is tthink 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. It would take time, she said, to rebuild not only her body but her mind.

Can I tell you the story again from the beginning? Lock, chief of cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital.


How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

The rest of the book, however, feels incomplete. They are trying to make a living and doing the best they can. I like how Groopman includes other health professions not just doctors right? Doctors, like all of us, are subject to many of the ‘fast groopmzn pattern recognition System 1to use Kahneman’s phrase as all of us.

How doctors think

He used his medical connections to get in to see what are considered to be the top experts in the nation, and even he was unhappy with the way he was treated. Instead, he began to question, and listen, and observe, doctorrs then to think differently about Anne’s case. The society has a lot to learn from doctors to understand that lies cannot be made up, its crucial to share all info even if repeating the story is highly needed, and that they should cut some slack for the doctor that is already under tremendous stress when dealing with more than 5 patients a day.

Sometimes a radiologic study can be re-examined, or hlw for better clarity. He was a 73 year old retired merchant with a long history of alcohol ingestion, “The interns plan was to have this boozer sleep it off, give him some mold diuretics, and send him home as quickly as possible,” Groopman They were not thinking deeply about their patients’ problems.

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.

Groopman spends a great deal of the book discussing the challenge posed to him by Dr. A few of [the physicians at Philips House] were highly skilled, but several were, at best, marginal in their clinical acumen. She had seen many doctors but nothing seemed to be working.


Sometimes testing increases uncertainty or does more harm than good. Then his focus returned, and he brought her into the examining room across the hall. Is there one “best” way to think, or are there multiple, alternative styles that can reach thknk correct diagnosis and choose the most effective treatment?

How Doctors Think

Excellent and groopamn book, but I subtracted one star for a minor problem: At docotrs end of this journey through the minds of doctors, we return to language. In some stories, this resulted in the death of a patient. It’s pretty typical doctor-authored literature. I think that this plays a large role in the patient — physician interaction and should be studied more closely.

Cogent docfors judgments meld first impressions — gestalt — with deliberate analysis. Oct 17, Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: By Jerome Groopman, MD.

Now, in the middle of my third year of medical school, I understand more about the process of arriving at a differential diagnosis and the book had significance to me in a way it did not before.

There were times I read wondering, “What is the point of this? Surely her internist had told Dr.