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    Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You (Hardback) By (author) Jerome E. Groopman, By (author) Pamela Hartzband

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    DescriptionThe essential tools for making our own best medical decisions, cutting through the confusion caused by the health-care system, the media, and gaps in our own reasoning. Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. Whether we're deciding to take a cholesterol drug or choosing a cancer treatment, we are overwhelmed by information from all sides: our doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, confusing statistics, conflicting media reports, the advice of friends, claims on the Internet, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads. Your Medical Mind shows us how to chart a clear path through this sea of confusion. Drs. Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a set of deeply rooted beliefs whose profound influence we may not realize when we make medical decisions. How much trust we place in authority figures, in statistics, or in other patients' stories, in science and technology or in natural healing, and whether we seek the most or the least treatment-all are key factors that shape our choices. Recognizing our preferences and the external factors that might lead our thinking astray can make a dramatic, even lifesaving, difference in our medical decision making. When conflicting information pulls us back and forth between options, when we feel pressured by doctors or loved ones to make a particular choice, or when we have no previous experience to guide us through a crisis, Your Medical Mind will prove an essential companion. The authors interviewed scores of patients who have struggled with situations such as these. They also drew on research and insights from doctors, psychologists, economists, and other experts to help reveal the array of forces that can aid or impede our thinking. They show us the subtle strategies drug advertisers use to influence our choices: they unveil the extreme-sometimes dangerously misleading-power of both narratives and statistics. And they help us understand how to improve

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    Your Medical Mind
    How to Decide What is Right for You
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jerome E. Groopman, By (author) Pamela Hartzband
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 248 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781594203114
    ISBN 10: 1594203113

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    Abridged Dewey: 610
    B&T General Subject: 420
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    BISAC V2.8: MED074000
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    LC classification: R723.5 .G753 2011, R723.5 .G759 2011
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    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    The Penguin Press
    Publication date
    03 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jerome Groopman, MD, and Pamela Hartzband, MD, are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and on the staff of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. They have collaborated on articles for "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," and the "New England Journal of Medicine."