Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care

Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care

by Nicholas A. Christakis
     
 


"How long do I have, doctor?" It's one of the most critical questions patients ask, yet doctors rarely want to discuss the answer out of reluctance to think about or predict the future. In this groundbreaking book, Nicholas A. Christakis explains prognosis from the perspective of physicians. His argument is impassioned. As Gina Kolata writes in the New YorkSee more details below

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"How long do I have, doctor?" It's one of the most critical questions patients ask, yet doctors rarely want to discuss the answer out of reluctance to think about or predict the future. In this groundbreaking book, Nicholas A. Christakis explains prognosis from the perspective of physicians. His argument is impassioned. As Gina Kolata writes in the New York Times, "Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis . . . burns with a mission: to bring prognosis into what he sees as its rightful place in medicine." The result is a work that gets to the core of this nebulous medical issue that, despite its importance, is only partially understood and rarely discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226104713
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
738,574
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Prognosis in Medicine
2. Making Use of Prognosis
3. Error and Accountability in Prognostication
4. Professional Norms Regarding Prognostication
5. Telling Patients Their Prognosis
6. The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
7. The Ritualization of Optimism and Pessimism
8. A Duty to Prognosticate
Appendix 1: Original Sources of Data
Appendix 2: Detailed Survey Experiment Results
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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