Patient Power: How to Protect Yourself from Medical Error

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 16, 1996 - Education - 416 pages
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For the increasingly confused patient, this empowering, informative, and easy-to-understand guide to anticipating, preventing, and overcoming common errors in medical tests, diagnoses, and procedures "confronts the tough, practical issues which most popular medical guides omit or gloss over" (Dr. Gerald Lazar, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School).
 

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Contents

Foreword by Denton A Cooley M D
27
Cardiovascular Conditions
47
Your doctor doesnt warn you about possible drug interactions
53
How to calculate the sodium content in your daily diet
59
A hypertensive diabetic on betablockers may be in danger of
66
Not discussing decreased sexual performance as a side effect
68
Your pharmacist gives you the incorrectstrength warfarin
74
Symptoms of a transient ischemic attack TIA the most
80
The Digestive System
203
Organs that may cause abdominal pain
208
Assuming too quickly that the burning in your upper abdomen
214
You are placed under observation in an emergency room
220
Your doctor fails to recognize that your constipation is
227
Not recognizing diarrhea caused by antibiotics as a potentially
229
Insisting that you continue a highfiber diet even though your
235
Your doctor diagnoses you as having IBS when you really have
241

CHOLESTEROL
87
HEART ATTACK
103
Assuming a lax approach to patient care after a heart attack
109
Your doctor refers you for heart surgery angioplasty
116
Common errors and smart patient responses related
123
Cancer
129
Your doctor tries to cover too many health concerns in
131
Your doctor fails to ask you about common but frequently
138
Your doctor tells you that because youve had one baseline
144
Neglecting to schedule a Pap smear for very young or very
150
Endangering a womans ability to have a successful pregnancy
153
Overlooking subtle health signals that may indicate
160
Your doctor omits the rectal exam as a screening procedure
167
Your regular medical exam doesnt include a systematic
173
Your doctor prescribes standard doses of medicine despite your
248
GALLBLADDER COMPLAINTS
255
When Your Problems Are Respiratory
261
Assuming that an anxious patients shortness of breath is caused
275
Your doctor uses the right drugestrogenalong with a wrong
296
Missing a change in back symptoms that can signal
303
Is the Lyme disease test reliable?
310
Eliminating Errors Involving Your Eyes
335
Your doctor overlooks potential interactions between thyroid
341
Body or Mind?
359
Causes of senility other than Alzheimers disease
366
Not recognizing when you and your therapist make a poor
370
Making the Health Care System Work
385
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About the author (1996)

Podell is Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Destiny of New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

William Proctor, JD, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has written or co-written more than 80 books, including Beyond the Relaxation Response with Dr. Benson; The Templeton Touch with Sir John Templeton; and several international bestsellers with the “father of aerobics,” Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper.

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