Thursday, June 28, 2007
How Doctors Think (Book #60)
How Doctors Think (Jerome Groopman, 2007) is largely a book about misdiagnoses, and as such it's not the most cheerful read. Groopman's aim is to educate readers about the common mistakes doctors make and why in order to help us be more active and informed participants in our health care. It's well worth a read, in my opinion. One thing I hadn't thought of was that having a doctor who likes you could be as much of a problem as having one who thinks you're a problem patient--the doc might be subconsciously biased against putting you through painful procedures or might assume you're more compliant and healthier in lifestyle than you actually are.