Good Doctor: Why Medical Uncertainty Matters (Hardcover)

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Counterintuitive as it may seem, uncertainty is integral to medicine, and you want a doctor who knows that: someone who sees you as the unique case you are, someone who knows that data isn't everything, someone who is able to change her mind as the information changes. For too long we've clung to the myth of the infallible doctor--one who assuredly tells us this is what's wrong and here is how I will cure you--and our health has suffered for it. Brigham and Johns propose a new model of medicine, one that is comfortable with ambiguity and that centers on an equal partnership between patient and doctor. Uncertainty, properly embraced, opens a new universe of possibilities.

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What makes a good doctor? It's not what you think. A doctor willing to face their own uncertainty in the face of illness and treatment might just be the best medicine.

Too often we choose the wrong doctor for the wrong reasons. It doesn't have to be that way. In The Good Doctor, Ken Brigham, MD, and Michael M.E. Johns, MD, argue that we need to change the way we think about health care if we want to be the healthiest we can be. Counterintuitive as it may seem, uncertainty is integral to medicine, and you want a doctor who knows that: someone who sees you as the unique case you are, someone who knows that data isn't everything, someone who is able to change her mind as the information changes. For too long we've clung to the myth of the infallible doctor--one who assuredly tells us this is what's wrong and here is how I will cure you--and our health has suffered for it. Brigham and Johns propose a new model of medicine, one that is comfortable with ambiguity and that centers on an equal partnership between patient and doctor. Uncertainty, properly embraced, opens a new universe of possibilities.

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ISBN 9781609809966
Length (cm) 15.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 22.0000
Publisher Seven Stories Press, (U.S)
Publication Date Jul 7, 2020
Pages (number) 224
Genre Education and Reference
Author Kenneth Brigham
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Format Hardcover
Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful exploration into the nature of uncertainty in medicine and diagnosis. Medical care is at its best when the interaction between doctor and patient is collaborative; this book written by two preeminent physicians with deep insights into the profession gives us as patients great tools to be empowered." --Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

"The Good Doctor should be required reading for anyone going into medicine." --Daniel Barrow, Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery, Emory University

"Every American could benefit from this roadmap to navigate health care for themselves and their loved ones. Drs. Brigham and Johns, two highly respected giants in medicine, present an honest analysis of health care today." --Marty Makary, MD, Johns Hopkins professor and author of The Price We Pay

"As recent world events have shown, even the most experienced doctors are constantly being confronted with daunting new challenges. This field guide to modern medicine explores how uncertainty can fuel innovation--and reminds us why we're better off choosing a physician who asks the right questions than one who has all the answers." --Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

"In my fifty years as a doctor, I've not read as engrossing, wise, and important a nonfiction book about the practice of medicine. These two experienced and sage clinicians, in a vibrant partnership, have cut to the core of what makes a good doctor, which is 'Not Who You Think.' The key is to hold and use uncertainty, which leads to the healer's goal: to be human in medicine. Bravo." --Samuel Shem, Professor of Medicine at NYU, author of Man's 4th Best HospitalThe House of God

"When it comes to health, making the right choices are important. So too, when choosing a doctor. In The Good Doctor Drs. Brigham and Johns share their insights regarding what are the characteristics to seek and to avoid when choosing a physician. Replete with illustrative stories, they share their perspectives gained through decades as practicing physicians at leading major medical institutions and their personal experiences as patients. They have combined their deep understanding of the current realities of medicine with the timeless truth that medicine is a person-to-person interaction to author this balanced and timely guide for all interested in choosing the 'right' physician." --James O. Woolliscroft, MD, MACP, FRCP, Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine and Learning Health Sciences, and Dean Emeritus, University of Michigan Medical School

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