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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,627 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerome Groopman Narrator: Michael Prichar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A New Yorker staff writer, bestselling author, and professor at Harvard Medical School unravels the mystery of how doctors figure out the best treatments—or fail to do so. This book describes the warning signs of flawed medical thinking and offers intelligent questions patients can ask.

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong—with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can— with our help—avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can have a profound impact on our health. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking, offering direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track.

Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best physicians, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems.

How Doctors Think 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Splendid and courageous…Groopman lifts the veil on the most taboo topic…the pervasive nature of misdiagnosis.”

    Ron Chernow, New York Times bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton

  • “A sage, humane prescription for medical practitioners and the people who depend of them.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A cogent analysis of all the wrong ways his fellow practitioners are trained to approach the patients they treat.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/20/2014

    " Great book! Very well written and informative for patients and health care providers. Amazing to see how top physicians use critical thinking to solve complex cases and how regular moms follow their gut to help save their children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maureen | 2/20/2014

    " This book was very interesting. It just re-affirms my position: when in doubt about a diagnosis, or if you don't particularly like the doctor you are dealing with, always get a second opinion. Not all doctors are created equal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karyn | 2/19/2014

    " This was interesting. The last chapter of questions that patients can ask their doctors to help them avoid cognitive errors is especially helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/18/2014

    " I have enjoyed all of Groopman's books. Each is well written, interesting, and thought provoking. This book would be particularly interesting to anyone who has or has had much experience with illness and/or medicine. It also has some interesting insights into the psychology of decision making and problem solving. "

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