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How Doctors Think

by Jerome Groopman

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2007, 320 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2008, 336 pages

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Reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together

Turn on the TV and zap through the channels and the chances are you'll come across an infallible doctor - either a talking head such as "Dr Phil" or one of the good looking fictional doctors of House, ER, Grey's Anatomy et al who, in a mere 60 minutes including commercial breaks and side-plots, manage to diagnose and cure the most obscure of illnesses. Reality is a little different - doctors are supposed to be emotionally neutral and even-handed with every patient; they're supposed to explore every avenue before reaching their considered opinion - but at the end of the day, they're just fallible humans like the rest of us, working in an extraordinarily stressful field - and, as a result, get about 15% of their diagnoses wrong.

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