Patient Power: How to Protect Yourself from Medical Error
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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Foreword by Denton A Cooley M D
Your doctor doesnt warn you about possible drug interactions
How to calculate the sodium content in your daily diet
A hypertensive diabetic on betablockers may be in danger of
Not discussing decreased sexual performance as a side effect
Your pharmacist gives you the incorrectstrength warfarin
Symptoms of a transient ischemic attack TIA the most
The Digestive System
Organs that may cause abdominal pain
Assuming too quickly that the burning in your upper abdomen
You are placed under observation in an emergency room
Your doctor fails to recognize that your constipation is
Not recognizing diarrhea caused by antibiotics as a potentially
Insisting that you continue a highfiber diet even though your
Your doctor diagnoses you as having IBS when you really have
Assuming a lax approach to patient care after a heart attack
Your doctor refers you for heart surgery angioplasty
Common errors and smart patient responses related
Your doctor tries to cover too many health concerns in
Your doctor fails to ask you about common but frequently
Your doctor tells you that because youve had one baseline
Neglecting to schedule a Pap smear for very young or very
Endangering a womans ability to have a successful pregnancy
Overlooking subtle health signals that may indicate
Your doctor omits the rectal exam as a screening procedure
Your regular medical exam doesnt include a systematic
Your doctor prescribes standard doses of medicine despite your
When Your Problems Are Respiratory
Assuming that an anxious patients shortness of breath is caused
Your doctor uses the right drugestrogenalong with a wrong
Missing a change in back symptoms that can signal
Is the Lyme disease test reliable?
Eliminating Errors Involving Your Eyes
Your doctor overlooks potential interactions between thyroid
Body or Mind?
Causes of senility other than Alzheimers disease
Not recognizing when you and your therapist make a poor
Making the Health Care System Work
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Page 13 - Your doctor tells you that because you've had one baseline mammogram before menopause, there is no reason for you to have another mammogram until you are past menopause...
Page 19 - Your doctor fails to recommend a bone density measurement to detect osteoporosis at the time you go through menopause...
Page 22 - Your doctor fails to recognize that high blood sugar in the morning may result from too much insulin...