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

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

by Phillip K. Peterson
     
 

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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

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.

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.

Nursing Times - Ibadete Fetahu
Well written and easy to pick up and understand. it is obviously written for the lay person but is definitely not patronising or demeaning, delivery an easy read for professionals and lay persons alike... nice pocket sized companion that if not carried... should remain on hand, on a desk or book shelf.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421410708
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2013
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,008,486
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Charles E. Davis
In simple direct language Dr. Peterson tells readers how to understand their doctors’ recommendations and ask intelligent questions about their validity. This straightforward information provides valuable tools to help readers evaluate medical advice and become effective self-advocates for the highest quality medical care available.

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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