Surviving Modern Medicine: How to Get the Best from Doctors, Family, and Friends

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Overview

Surviving Modern Medicine is the first how-to guide to focus on the practical steps consumers must take to navigate today's confusing medical world to dramatically improve the quality of care they receive. Authors Peter Clarke and Susan H. Evans dig through leading medical and psychological research for down-to-earth tips that any patient can apply to open lines of communication with doctors, weigh the risks and benefits among treatment options, mobilize understanding and effective support from family and friends, overcome the fatigue and guilt of long-term caregiving, and control life-support situations to balance high-technology medical care against an acceptable quality of life.
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times

Of the many health books that attempt to guide consumers through the specifics of a particular disease, few may be as helpful as this overall guide to navigating today's complicated health care system. Clarke and Evans are longtime observers of the health field and advocates of sound consumer health policies. And they've combined their talents to show consumers how to use the medical system intelligently.

The authors cite five critical areas for consumers to focus on to get good care: getting your doctor to pay attention, making the best medical decisions, seeking the right kind of support from family and friends, appreciating your caregiver, and protecting your choices in critical-care situations.

The book is both practical yet deeply psychological in urging readers to look at their own decisions, emotions, thought patterns and habits.

Wall Street Journal
Surviving Modern Medicine, by Peter Clarke and Susan H. Evans, tells you how to get the best care an support from doctors, families, and friends. The authors devote shapters on everything from how to equalize the power imbalance between doctor and patient, how to write and enforce a living will. The book is leavened with humor from Lily Tomlin and Spaulding Gray.
Wall Street Journal
Peter Clarke and Susan H. Evans tell you how to get the best care and support from doctors, families and friends, The authors devote chapters on everything from how to equalize the power imbalance between doctor and patient, to how to write and enforce a living will.
Washington Times
Surviving Modern Medicine is an elegantly written book filled with insights. It is a comprehensive guide for patients with serious illness, as well as their caregivers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813525556
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Getting Your Doctor to Pay Attention 8
Ch. 2 Making the Best Medical Decisions 57
Ch. 3 Seeking the Right Kind of Social Support 105
Ch. 4 Appreciating Your Caregiver 150
Ch. 5 Protecting Your Choices in Critical Care 194
Epilogue: Lifelong Health 232
Common Medical Treatments 241
Glossary of Critical-Care Terminology 245
Examples of Advance Directives and Wallet Card 249
References 261
Index 295
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