Get Inside Your Doctor's Head: Ten Commonsense Rules for Making Better Decisions about Medical Care [NOOK Book]

Overview

With so many medical tests and treatments and so much scientific and medical information—some of it contradictory—how can people make the best medical decisions?

Most medical decisions, it turns out, are based on common sense. In this short and easy-to-read book, Dr. Phillip K. Peterson explains the ten rules of internal medicine. Using real case examples he shows how following the rules will help consumers make good decisions about their ...

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Get Inside Your Doctor's Head: Ten Commonsense Rules for Making Better Decisions about Medical Care

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Overview

With so many medical tests and treatments and so much scientific and medical information—some of it contradictory—how can people make the best medical decisions?

Most medical decisions, it turns out, are based on common sense. In this short and easy-to-read book, Dr. Phillip K. Peterson explains the ten rules of internal medicine. Using real case examples he shows how following the rules will help consumers make good decisions about their medical care.

Get Inside Your Doctor’s Head provides advice about such questions as when to seek treatment, when to get another opinion, and when to let time take its course. Turn to the Ten Rules when you are weighing your doctor’s recommendations about diagnostic tests and treatments and use them to communicate more effectively with your doctor. As with all rules, the Ten Rules of Internal Medicine have occasional exceptions—and when evidence suggests that you are an exception, the relevant rule should be broken. Follow the Ten Rules to make decisions in the increasingly complicated medical world when you need guidance about health matters for yourself and your loved ones.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Peterson, a University of Minnesota Medical School professor and infectious disease specialist, aims to help patients (and doctors) navigate daunting health-care dilemmas with 10 deceptively simple “rules”: “If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t do anything”; if what you’re doing seems to be working, continue; if it isn’t, think about doing something else; always get a second opinion about a proposed invasive procedure; your doctor can’t make you feel better if you don’t have symptoms; “never trust anyone completely”; most things are what they seem—except when they’re not; “what your doctor doesn’t know could kill you”; “timing is everything, and sometimes time is the cure”; and “caring is always important medicine.” Peterson allows that each rule is nuanced and may need to be broken occasionally (except for the last rule), and he presents both heartening and heartbreaking cases to illustrate each. It’s a small book, but it’s full of big and invaluable advice. “The authoritarian approach of ‘your doctor knows best’ is gone,” Peterson states, and while his sagest wisdom isn’t on the list, it could be a life-saver: patients need to speak up. (Sept. 1)
Midwest Book Review

A powerful discussion highly recommended as a basic primer to medical professional thought processes, and will appeal to any general-interest health collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421410708
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2013
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,110,976
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Phillip K. Peterson, M.D., is a professor of medicine and an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Because many infections are public health threats and many are linked to animals, he is also on the faculties of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Peterson has served as an internist and infectious diseases consultant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Hennepin County Medical Center.

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