Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You


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Making the right medical decisions is harder than ever. We are overwhelmed by information from all sides—whether our doctors’ recommendations, dissenting experts, confusing statistics, or testimonials on the Internet. Now Doctors Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a “medical mind,” a highly individual approach to weighing the risks and benefits of treatments.  Are you a minimalist or a maximalist, a believer or a doubter, do you look for natural healing or the latest technology?  The authors weave vivid narratives of real patients with insights from recent research to demonstrate the power of the medical mind. After reading this groundbreaking book, you will know how to arrive at choices that serve you best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143122241
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,255,138
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jerome Groopman, M.D., and Pamela Hartzband, M.D., are on the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, both in Boston. They have collaborated on articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New England Journal of Medicine, among other publications. Groopman, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller How Doctors Think.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Where Am I in the Numbers? 9

2 Believers and Doubters 31

3 But is it Best for Me? 49

4 Regret 69

5 Neighborly Advice 87

6 Autonomy and Coping 113

7 Decision Analysis Meets Reality 137

8 End of Life 153

9 When the Patient Can't Decide 185

Conclusion 211

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 223

Selected Bibliography 281

Index 301

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Alter

"For anything that ails us--from high cholesterol to cancer--treatment options usually fall into a frustrating "gray area."Groopman and Hartzband provide a brilliant guide to navigating some of the most important decisions of our lives." --(Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, columnist at Bloomberg View)

Dan Ariely

"Groopman and Hartzband have done a remarkable job at dissecting the external and internal factors that influence our healthcare decisions. This book should be required reading for doctors and patients alike."--(Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University)

Daniel Gilbert

"This important and riveting book could change—and perhaps even save—your life."--(Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University)

Sherwin B. Nuland

"Bringing the deep sensitivity and outstanding clinical skill that characterize all of his writings, Jerome Groopman has joined forces with Pamela Hartzband to bring us a message of wisdom and far-ranging importance. The complexities that face any patient in making personal medical decisions are here described, analyzed and clarified by two master physicians, who guide us with empathy, sincere caring and wide experience." --(Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die: Reflections On Life's Final Chapter; Lecturer in Yale College and Retired Clinical Professor of Surgery.)

Ron Chernow

"At a time when health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and government bureaucrats seek to find magical solutions in metrics and standardized care, Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband remind us that medicine is a profoundly human---and hence inevitably complex---enterprise. By elucidating the often subtle and varied ways that patients make decisions, they will help to sharpen the thinking of any reader facing a medical situation, however grave or pedestrian. This utterly fascinating book, packed with gripping case studies, presents a timely and finely nuanced analysis of a hitherto overlooked subject." --(Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington and Alexander Hamilton)

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Your Medical Mind 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sidewinder More than 1 year ago
In this book one will not find quick tips and definitive advice for making difficult medical decisions. What one will find, however, is a very articulate, well reasoned, and compelling case for why incontrovertible facts are elusive in modern medicine. The authors state and prove brilliantly the necessary subjectivity of medical decisions. While this book will surely not give comfort to those seeking hard and fast answers, it does provide a pathway for considering and coping with difficult decisions.
DHealy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doesn't live up to its title
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