The Decision Tree: How to make better choices and take control of your health

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For all the talk about personalized medicine, our health care system remains a top-down, doctor-driven system where individuals are too often bit players in their own health decisions. In The Decision Tree, Thomas Goetz proposes a new strategy for thinking about health, one that applies cutting-edge technology to put us at the center of the equation and explains how the new frontier of health care can impact each of our lives.

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Overview

For all the talk about personalized medicine, our health care system remains a top-down, doctor-driven system where individuals are too often bit players in their own health decisions. In The Decision Tree, Thomas Goetz proposes a new strategy for thinking about health, one that applies cutting-edge technology to put us at the center of the equation and explains how the new frontier of health care can impact each of our lives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781605291680
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 545,908
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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THOMAS GOETZ is the executive editor of Wired magazine, where he has written several cover stories, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He holds a master’s in public health and lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I Prediction and Prevention

Chapter 1 Living by Numbers 3

Chapter 2 Toxic Knowledge 29

Chapter 3 DNA + Environment = You 50

Chapter 4 Change Is Hard 70

Part II Diagnosis and Detection

Chapter 5 No Such Thing as Normal 97

Chapter 6 Screening for Everything 116

Chapter 7 Canaries in the Coal Mine 144

Part III Care and Treatment

Chapter 8 A Little Drug Problem 169

Chapter 9 On the Horns of a Dilemma 191

Chapter 10 When Patients Become Practitioners 217

Coda: When There Is No Doctor 243

Appendix 253

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

Bibliography 279

Index 297

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