How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor: A Handbook for Parents [NOOK Book]

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A two-year-old develops a nasty cough and, after he begins experiencing breathing problems, his concerned parents take him to the emergency room. The doctor on call diagnoses his symptoms as croup and prescribes treatment, but days later the cough is no better. After another trip to the emergency room, X-rays, respiratory therapy, and treatment for asthma, the little boy still cannot shake his cough and breathing difficulties. Finally, two weeks later, the family doctor suggests an examination by an ears, nose, ...

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How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor: A Handbook for Parents

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Overview

A two-year-old develops a nasty cough and, after he begins experiencing breathing problems, his concerned parents take him to the emergency room. The doctor on call diagnoses his symptoms as croup and prescribes treatment, but days later the cough is no better. After another trip to the emergency room, X-rays, respiratory therapy, and treatment for asthma, the little boy still cannot shake his cough and breathing difficulties. Finally, two weeks later, the family doctor suggests an examination by an ears, nose, and throat specialist. Using a bronchoscope, the specialist finds a small piece of plastic from a toy lodged in the edge of the child's trachea. After removing the obstruction, the boy returns to normal within a day. In fact, he never had croup or asthma. Could this lengthy, frustrating experience have been avoided?

In this illuminating guide to communicating with your child's doctor, pediatrician Christopher M. Johnson shows parents how to talk more effectively to doctors about their children's health. Johnson takes parents and caregivers alike into the mind-set of the physician examining a sick child and demonstrates how doctors evaluate symptoms, interpret answers to their questions, and decide on a course of treatment. This captivating book invites parents to join their child's doctor as a partner in the diagnostic and therapeutic process and then empowers them to advocate for the very best care. Each chapter ends with a useful communication checklist to help parents find the right words to express their interests and concerns while visiting the doctor. This jargon-free and completely accessible guide will enable you to assist doctors in the vital work of effectivelycaring for your child both in health and in illness.

About the Author:
Christopher M. Johnson, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice at Pediatric Intensive Care Associates, PC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615923229
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 742 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher M. Johnson, MD, MA (Santa Fe, NM), is a pediatrician in private practice at Pediatric Intensive Care Associates, PC. Formerly, he was employed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He is the author of Your Critically Ill Child: Life and Death Choices Parents Must Face, which was selected by Library Journal for its Best Consumer Health Books of 2007. For more about author Christopher Johnson, visit www.chrisjohnsonmd.com.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Introduction     9
Like Ships Passing in the Night     11
The Medical History: Where It All Starts     33
Looking and Touching: How and Why the Doctor Examines Your Child     61
Sharp Needles and Cold X-Rays: How Doctors Use Common Tests     89
Putting It All Together: The Differential Diagnosis     123
What to Do: How Doctors Choose Therapies for Your Child     151
Why We Are This Way: How Doctors Are Trained     179
Knowing More and More About Less and Less: Managing Specialists     207
When the Conversation Turns Sour: How to Handle a Difficult Doctor     237
Putting It All Together: Solving Problems as a Doctor Does     263
Index     289
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