When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 352 pages
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In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor’s visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can’t afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more:

  • How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you
  • 8-Pillars to a Better Diagnosis
  • How to tell the whole story of your illness
  • Learning test risks and evaluating whether they’re worth it
  • How to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visit

By empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, When Doctors Don't Listen is an essential guide that enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.


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Review: When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

User Review  - Talent Theparee - Goodreads

This book by two Harvard physicians, Dr Leana Wen and Dr Joshua Kosowsky offers to diagnose what is wrong with the US healthcare system, attack the failures of "cookbook medicine", and increase ... Read full review

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User Review  - M - Goodreads

I have worked in the healthcare field for almost 30 years. While I am not a physician I have seen first hand what Dr. Wen and Dr. Kosowsky describe in this most excellent book. These doctors have the ... Read full review

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DR. LEANA WEN is an Attending Physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. Inspired by her own childhood illness and then her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding patients to advocate for better care. A former Rhodes Scholar and Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School, she has published dozens of articles on patient-doctor communication. She speaks around the world on patient empowerment and healthcare reform.

DR. JOSH KOSOWSKY is assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Clinical Director of the Brigham & Women’s Emergency Medicine Department. He is the author of over two dozen articles and textbook chapters, and is co-editor of Pocket Emergency Medicine.

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