Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for Youby Jerome Groopman, Pamela Hartzband
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.
“Your Medical Mind is a welcome and overdue comprehensive exploration of the patient’s perspective as he or she navigates the dizzying array of choices modern medicine presents.” — BOSTON GLOBE
“Part psychological study and part self-help book, Your Medical Mind doesn't provide answers but, rather, insights into navigating the increasingly daunting and dysfunctional world of medicine.” — NPR.org
“A welcome guide for those who are daunted by the choices they face, ranging from taking a cholesterol-lowering drug to making end-of-life decisions for a loved one.” — WALL STREET JOURNAL
“This important and riveting book could change—and perhaps even save—your life.”
— Daniel Gilbert, author of STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS
“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
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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.
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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.