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When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid…

When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

by Leana Wen, Joshua Kosowsky

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In this book Drs. Wen and Kosowsky emphasize the importance of doctors and patients working together to determine the diagnosis of what is wrong with a patient and the best course of treatment. The patient's story is of supreme importance in the correct diagnosis. However, in today's medical climate often doctors follow a "cookbook" medicine approach where they order a lot of tests to rule out certain conditions without listening to a patient's description of what he/she thinks is wrong. This approach leads to the administration of many unnecessary tests, wasted time, and often an incorrect diagnosis. This cookbook approach also leads to the inefficient way medicine is practiced today including the skyrocketing cost of medical treatment. Appendices include worksheets which potential patients should fill in before seeing a doctor.

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  sallylou61 | Jan 21, 2015 |
Although it is VERY tough to absorb what's in this book, especially when I think of all of the people I know as potential patients and all of the doctors I know---the points the book is stressing are terrific. The authors emphasize that this is going to be a one-at-a-time change between every doctor and every patient. Unfortunately, although the practice ideas are good, the time involved makes me wonder how many people, including me, will go through them thoroughly. I will make an effort to become a much better patient---time will tell how far I will get. ( )
  nyiper | Feb 26, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312594917, Hardcover)

In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor’s visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can’t afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more:

How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you8-Pillars to a Better DiagnosisHow to tell the whole story of your illnessLearning test risks and evaluating whether they’re worth itHow to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visit

By empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, When Doctors Don't Listen is an essential guide that enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.

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Discusses how to avoid harmful medical mistakes, offering advice on such topics as working with a busy doctor, communicating the full story of an illness, evaluating test risks, and obtaining a working diagnosis.

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