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Port in the Storm: How to Make a Medical…

Port in the Storm: How to Make a Medical Decision & Live to Tell About it

by Cole A. Giller

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Important decisions are rarely straight forward. This is particularly true of medical decisions. Choices are intricate, outcomes uncertain and ultimately the decision is yours.

Cole Giller, a board-certified neurosurgeon and associate professor, draws on his experience of guiding his patients through this difficult maze to offer guidance to anyone facing an important medical decision. In doing so, he has penned a book of wisdom that transcends its stated purpose.

Giller’s six steps for making medical decisions are applicable to anyone faced with a bewildering array of choices. Simply put, they are:

1. Identify your options.
2. Identify the trade-offs.
3. Find the supporting data.
4. Be skeptical of the data.
5. Pay attention to your beliefs.
6. Contemplate the decision’s meaning.

This book is a treasure. Giller weaves his experience into a well-written, easily-understood and widely-applicable approach to dealing with complicated decisions. While the book is a compassionate guide for individuals facing a medical challenge, it also offers sound guidance for decision-makers in any field.

Knowledge may be power, as the old saw says. But all too often in this age of information explosion, it is not enough to overcome the decision crisis. Giller’s model provides a practical for living with the decision’s results.

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Compared to the diagnoses of forty years ago, the choices and information offered by today's doctors leave you to make the final decision that can, and often does, change your life. In Port in the Storm, neurosurgeon Cole Giller MD, guides you through the difficult and confusing maze of medical choices and tradeoffs, helping you weigh your options with confidence and make a decision you can live with.

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