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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He suggests that the poor reimbursement and lack of recognition for primary care physicians is fundamentally flawed.

Apr 25, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: A must reading book for both patients and doctors! In my opinion; stereotyping is the most common cause of diagnostic errors. To see what your friends thought of this book, please jerpme up. Views Read Edit View history.

The chapter on radiology and diagnostic imaging was eye opening; a good reminder that even thorough radiologists can miss non-subtle findings on films, and the clinician will get more information if she provides a more detailed patient history.

We have all had our frustrating moments with the medical system. Pages to import images to Wikidata. She was exhausted from endless evaluations.

Grkopman doctors assumed she was not eating the amount they suggested jeroke framed her for lying. I like to conduct rounds in a traditional way. In the theory, “availability” is defined as the tendency to judge hiw likelihood of explanation for an event by the ease with which relevant examples come to mind.

The book opens with a discussion of a woman in her thirties who suffered daily stomach cramps and serious weight loss, and who visited some 30 doctors over a period of 15 years. 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. However, if he had gone forward with about 4 of the 6 proposed operations, the result would have either been no improvement or maybe ending up in a worse condition.


That day Anne was seeing Dr. The groopkan did not find the diagnosis convincing and did much research on her own. House ain’t got nothing on Groopman.

Only after all the data are compiled should you formulate hypotheses about what might be wrong. But the more Anne ate, the worse she felt.

‘How Doctors Think’

Can I tell you the story again from the beginning? Her red blood cell count and platelets had dropped to perilous levels.

Jan 20, Jeanne rated it really liked it Shelves: But her boyfriend had stubbornly insisted. Falchuk said, “or that your weight loss is only due to bulimia and anorexia nervosa. She had been expecting him to concentrate on her abdomen, to poke and prod her liver and spleen, to have her take deep breaths, and to look for any areas of tenderness. Specific chapters deal with errors in primary care, where you are looking for the one sick patient in the sea of healthy ones every day, to errors in very specific subspecialities such as pediatric cardiology, where we must not forget we are making some of this up as we go along, as each patient is unique and re This is an excellent read, both for physicians and those in medicine, and for patients.

The general message of the book was that by being aware of the possibilities for fuzzy thinking, a patient can become more of a participant in his own care. An interview with the author is here There are three areas where I felt that the book was wanting. Doctors are people too. In a later chapter Groopman reports a frank discussion with Dr.


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Groopman closes with an epilogue giving advice for patients. Much has been made of the power of intuition, and certainly initial impressions formed in a flash can be correct.

It makes for a reasonable read, and I see why they enjoy it. Today, medicine hiw not separate from money. From ‘Morning Edition’ Groopman: Although intended for the general public, the book offers clinicians an irresistible promise of self-understanding, and in many ways succeeds. He expounds on the cognitive pitfalls that might cause misguided care: The Nature of Primary Care Medicineto defend his assertion:.

How doctors think

Groopman is a doctor who realizes he needs a doctor as the result of an experience in which he found himself plagued by a wrist injury that resulted in multiple diagnoses and treatments from four different doctors with no clear and rationale diagnosis.

Doctors, like all of us, are subject to many of thimk ‘fast thinking’ pattern recognition System 1to use Kahneman’s phrase as all of us.

Sep 08, Jamie Mealey rated it really liked it. Could it be more than one problem? Typically, it is the doctor who assesses our emotional state. Of course, every doctor should consider research studies in choosing a therapy.