Your Medical Mind

Your Medical Mind : How to Decide What is Right for You

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The 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 improveshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 28mm | 566.99g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1594203113
  • 9781594203114
  • 442,637

About Jerome E. Groopman

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."show more

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"You'll close the book with an entirely new attitude and set of tools for making medical decisions... Groopman and Hartzband's important book will help doctor and patient learn how each of us navigates our own tolerance for risk, thus improving outcomes on both sides of the examination table." - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (Daniel J. Levitin)§§" Your Medical Mind is a welcome and overdue comprehensive exploration of the patient's perspective as he or she navigates the dizzying array of choices modern medicine presents." - BOSTON GLOBE§§"Part psychological study and part self-help book , Your Medical Mind doesn't provide answers but, rather, insights into navigating the increasingly daunting and dysfunctional world of medicine." - NPR.org§§"A welcome guide for those who are daunted by the choices they face, ranging from taking a cholesterol-lowering drug to making end-of-life decisions for a loved one." - WALL STREET JOURNAL§§"This important and riveting book could change-and perhaps even save-your life."§- Daniel Gilbert, author of STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS§§"Bringing the deep sensitivity and outstanding clinical skill that characterize all of his writings, Jerome Groopman has joined forces with Pamela Hartzband to bring us a message of wisdom and far-ranging importance. The complexities that face any patient in making personal medical decisions are here described, analyzed and clarified by two master physicians, who guide us with empathy, sincere caring and wide experience."§§- Sherwin Nuland, author of HOW WE DIEshow more

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