Your Medical Mind by Jerome Groopman audiobook

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

By Jerome Groopman, MD and Pamela Hartzband, MD
Read by Linda Emond , Cotter Smith , Pamela Hartzband, MD , and Jerome Groopman, MD

Simon & Schuster Audio
7.05 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Cutting through the confusion caused by the healthcare system, the media, and gaps in our reasoning, the bestselling author of How Doctors Think gives listeners essential tools for making the medical decisions that best suit their own needs. “This important and riveting book could change—and perhaps even save—your life.” —Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. Whether we’re deciding to take a cholesterol drug or choosing a cancer treatment, we are overwhelmed by information from all sides: our doctors’ recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, confusing statistics, conflicting media reports, the advice of friends, claims on the Internet, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads. Your Medical Mind shows us how to chart a clear path through this sea of confusion. Drs. Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a set of deeply rooted beliefs whose profound influence we may not realize when we make medical decisions. How much trust we place in authority figures, in statistics or in other patients’ stories, in technology or in natural healing, and whether we seek the most or the least treatment—all are key factors that shape our choices. Recognizing our preferences and the external factors that might lead our thinking astray can make a dramatic, even lifesaving, difference in our medical decision making. When conflicting information pulls us back and forth between options, when we feel pressured by doctors or loved ones to make a particular choice, or when we have no previous experience to guide us through a crisis, Your Medical Mind will prove to be an essential companion. The authors interviewed scores of patients and draw on research and insights from doctors, psychologists, economists, and other experts to help explain the array of forces that can aid or impede our thinking. They show us the subtle strategies drug advertisers use to influence our choices. They unveil the extreme—sometimes dangerously misleading—power of both narratives and statistics. And they help us understand how to improve upon a universal human shortcoming—assessing the future impact of the decisions we make now.

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Summary

Summary

Cutting through the confusion caused by the healthcare system, the media, and gaps in our reasoning, the bestselling author of How Doctors Think gives listeners essential tools for making the medical decisions that best suit their own needs.

“This important and riveting book could change—and perhaps even save—your life.”
—Daniel Gilbert, author of
Stumbling on Happiness

Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. Whether we’re deciding to take a cholesterol drug or
choosing a cancer treatment, we are overwhelmed by information from all sides: our doctors’ recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, confusing statistics, conflicting media reports, the advice of friends, claims on the Internet, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads. Your Medical Mind shows us how to chart a clear path through this sea of confusion.

Drs. Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a set of deeply rooted beliefs whose profound
influence we may not realize when we make medical decisions. How much trust we place in authority figures, in
statistics or in other patients’ stories, in technology or in natural healing, and whether we seek the most or the
least treatment—all are key factors that shape our choices. Recognizing our preferences and the external factors that might lead our thinking astray can make a dramatic, even lifesaving, difference in our medical decision making. When conflicting information pulls us back and forth between options, when we feel pressured by doctors or loved ones to make a particular choice, or when we have no previous experience to guide us through a crisis, Your Medical Mind will prove to be an essential companion.

The authors interviewed scores of patients and draw on research and insights from doctors, psychologists, economists, and other experts to help explain the array of forces that can aid or impede our
thinking. They show us the subtle strategies drug advertisers use to influence our choices. They unveil
the extreme—sometimes dangerously misleading—power of both narratives and statistics. And they
help us understand how to improve upon a universal human shortcoming—assessing the future impact
of the decisions we make now.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“ You’ll close the book with an entirely new attitude and set of tools for making medical decision… Groopman and Hartzband’s important book will help doctor and patient learn how each of us navigates our own tolerance for risk, thus improving outcomes on both sides of the examination table. ” New York Times Book Review
“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
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
“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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Author

Author Bio: Jerome Groopman MD

Author Bio: Jerome Groopman MD

Jerome Groopman, MD, holds the Dina and Raphael Recanti Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller The Anatomy of Hope, Second Opinions, and The Measure of Our Days. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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Author Bio: Pamela Hartzband MD

Author Bio: Pamela Hartzband MD

Dr. Pamela Hartzband is a member of the faculty at the Harvard Medical School and the Division of Endocrinology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A magna cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College, she received her MD from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hartzband is a noted endocrinologist and educator specializing in disorders of the thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands, and she has authored articles in the New England Journal of Medicine on the impact of electronic records, uniform practice guidelines, monetary incentives, and the Internet on the culture of clinical care.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English