Lux Humana – Book of the Week 09 / 2010 : How Doctors Think


How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman: Book Cover


Jerome Groopman: How Doctors Think (2007)


Publisher description:

“A New Yorker staff writer, best-selling author, and professor at Harvard Medical School unravels the ultimate medical mystery: how doctors figure out the best treatments — or fail to do so.

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within twelve seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong — with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. He explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can — with our help — avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can have a profound impact on our health. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking, offering direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track.

Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best physicians, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems.

How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together. ”


Access in Helka-database:


Miten lääkärit ajattelevat?

Mikko Hulkkonen

Tiimi-lehti, 5/2007

Lääkärien ajatusmaailmasta

Pekka Tani

Suomen Lääkärilehti, 41/2007 vsk 62, s. 3786

Nyttig diagnos på läkares tankar

Ulf Högberg

Läkartidningen, 2008 nr 48 sid 3575-6

How Doctors Think in Wikipedia:

How Doctors Think in Literature, Arts and Medicine Database

New York University, School of Medicine

The Official Site of Dr. Jerome Groopman

Groopman: The Doctor’s In, But Is He Listening?

NPR, March 16, 2007

Where Does It Hurt

Michael Crichton

New York Times, April 1, 2007

Heal Thyself : A physician argues that the best doctors are the ones who keep their eyes, ears and minds open.

David Brown

Washington Post, Sunday, April 8, 2007

Diagnosis as Art, Not Rocket Science

William Grimes

New York Times, March 23, 2007

Do As I Say, Not As I Do 

Lee N. Newcomer

Health Affairs, May/Jun 2008. Vol. 27, Iss. 3; pg. 892

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