How Doctors Think

book coverHow Doctors Think by Jerome GroopmanDoctors think fast. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are scarily wrong. And the methods that doctors who make correct diagnoses even in tricky cases are not the methods that medical students are taught to use. Groopman writes as both doctor and patient, pulling apart cases of the best and worst medical thinking both to help doctors improve their own thinking and to help patients give better information to their doctors and know when to ask for something else. The examples were fascinating, and fortunately nearly all with happy endings. My biggest quibble was that I wanted it to do a better job of pulling out specific steps and questions for both doctors and patients. The chapters were organized around medical specialties rather than specific errors or strengths in thinking, leaving the pulling together for the individual reader. Still, it was useful and interesting for anyone who deals with doctors, and those interested in puzzling medical cases for their own sake will find this fascinating.

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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