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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:*. The same shortcuts that help physicians save lives can also lead to grave errors. Jerome Groopman on the psychology of diagnosis. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman explores why doctors.

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Each cognitive error constrains the jeroem of answers, and correcting the error helps the doctor think of a test or procedure that he didn’t previously consider and can make the diagnosis” p. Also, many of the most successful and thoughtful doctors he interviews are female.

Hardcoverpages. Each needs to keep an eye on a neutral shore where flags are planted to warn of perilous emotional currents”. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Such precision has resulted in efforts both to sharpen the notions of risk and reliability, and to quantify them. After fifteen years of struggling to get better, she had begun to lose hope.

‘How Doctors Think’

Two cancer specialists reveal how they guide their patients’ choices and how their patients guide them toward the treatment that best suits each patient’s temperament and lifestyle.

A common error in thinking about primary care is to see it as entry-level medicine Very pleasing groopma, I will certainly read it again in few years after having had more experiences with patients, I am sure I will learn more.


Around age twenty, she found that food did not agree with her. In another example, Groopman himself was the patient, and he documents how his physician lunged into certainty by reducing complex data to simple heuristic-driven formulations — these physicians were often wrong but were never in doubt. But on reflection I saw that there also were major flaws in my own medical training.

How doctors think

It is primarily intended for laymen, though I believe physicians and other medical professionals will eoctors it useful. I also realized that we must always questioned ourselves even if we have achieve a great deal of knowledgethere will be always something to learn! But today’s rigid reliance on evidence-based medicine risks having the doctor choose care passively, solely by the numbers.

We have all had our frustrating moments with the medical system. In other words, Groopman seems to praise and reject the exact same thought process based grkopman the success or failure of the outcome. We all have our stories of healthcare, and this book will give us more insight into the ‘whys and wherefores’ of our physicians’ thought processes. Problem has been solved, why keep elaborating on it?

We found it interesting, but repetitive. Statistics cannot substitute for the human being before you; statistics embody averages, not individuals.

How Doctors Think

Are swollen lymph nodes associated with the sore throat? Groopman is a professor of experimental medicine. I follow a Socratic method in the discussion, encouraging the students and residents to challenge each other, and challenge me, with their ideas.


Incidentally, that’s about the same rate of accuracy as modern weather forecasting. March 15, And you make the wrong recommendation, and the patient doesn’t survive.

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

To do so, they need answers to the questions that I asked myself, and for which I had no ready answers. May 29, P Chulhi rated it it was ok Shelves: A note for the author: There were times I read wondering, “What is the point of this?

While modern medicine is aided by a dazzling array of technologies, like high-resolution MRI scans and pinpoint DNA analysis, language is still the bedrock of clinical practice.

Falchuk heard in the doctor’s recitation of the case the implicit message that his role was to examine Anne’s abdomen, which had been poked and prodded many times by many physicians, and to yhink her that irritable bowel syndrome, while uncomfortable and annoying, should be treated as the internist had recommended, with an appropriate diet and tranquilizers.

To restore her system, her dpctors had told Anne to consume three thousand calories a day, mostly in easily digested carbohydrates like cereals and pasta. Groopman, an oncologist, looks at the way doctors perceive data and make judgments about patient care.