Your Medical Mind

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dr. Jerome Groopman and Dr. Pamela Hartzband explain how we can cut through the confusion caused by the health-care system, the media, and gaps in our own reasoning to make our own best medical decisions. In Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You Dr. Groopman, a New Yorker writer and an oncologist who guides his patients through life-or-death decisions, and Dr. Hartzband, an endocrinologist and educator at Harvard Medical School, help chart a clear path through the sea of confusion created by doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, confusing statistics, conflicting media reports, the advice of friends, claims on the Internet, and a steady stream of drug company ads.


Dr. Jerome Groopman and Dr. Pamela Hartzband

Comments [6]

DE Teodoru from NYC

Perhaps, given how ignorant (but not their fault) are today's physicians about molecular medicine, you might prove as good as them. But all the progress in cancer survival to date is due to the hard and specialized work of MD/PhD scientists and clinicians working together. Self-care in that disease is most dangerous as the worst patient isd one who has himself as a doctor. We tend to deny and, after a while, to exagerate in panic so we need a disciplined scholar of medicine to help us.

Sep. 20 2011 05:10 PM
Ronald from Manhattan

What should a doubter with prostate cancer decide when faced with this choice of treatments:

- surgery (removal of the prostate)

- external-beam radiation

- brachytherapy (radioactive seed implant),

- watchful waiting?

Sep. 20 2011 12:58 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

My friend has Medicare/Medicaid (don't remember which one) and the doctor's she's coming across in Dutchess County are HORRIBLE! For example, many don't believe Lyme Disease is real and refuse to treat for it! Never mind we have the highest Lyme Disease rate in the state.

Sep. 20 2011 12:56 PM
ellen diamond from Manhattan

If my friend hadn't gone to 7 doctors for opiinions about her Mantle Cell Dx and recommendation for immediate treatment,
she wouldn't have found the doctor who correctly read her results as SLL/CLL and had 9 years of treatment-free life before dying of something else.

Sep. 20 2011 12:54 PM
Gaby from Jackson Heights

I often say to anyone who is suggested to have always ask the surgeon, if you had to have this surgery who would operate? Then politely say, thank you and go to that doctor.

Sep. 20 2011 12:53 PM

What about the extremely clever drug marketing tactic where a side effect becomes a stealth benefit: Cialis can cause a 4 hour erection. This alone probably sells more of Cialis than anything else they could say.

Sep. 20 2011 12:49 PM

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