The Essential Patient Handbook: Getting the Health Care You Need - From Doctors Who Know

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 480 pages
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The Essential Patient Handbook was written for the millions of Americans who are dissatisfied with their medical care, and are looking for a practical no-nonsense way to get the help they need from their doctors. It contains lessons learned by two doctors (husband and wife) who endured immense challenges on the patient side of the medical care system. Here are the secrets to; getting your doctor to listen preparing information your doctor needs to know understanding the reasoning behind your doctor's questions asking the essential questions about tests, diagnoses, medications, surgery, and second opinions checking for medication side effects and drug interactions dealing with confusing insurance and billing forms working with your doctor when considering alternative and complementary medicines handling difficult doctor-patient interactions dealing with a hospital stayThe Essential Patient Handbook will walk readers through the entire medical evaluation process, from the first question to the last. It gives them a guide to thoroughly prepare medical information BEFORE seeing a doctor, and explains why each piece of information is crucial. The information prepared with the aid of this book are symptom-specific, and will help physicians to arrive at a differential diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is established, it will help readers prepare further information that your doctors needs to learn to remain on top of your medical condition." 214 297 Alan B. Ettinger, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Electroencephalography, Department of Neurology, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, and director of the Huntington Hospital Seizure Monitoring Program in Huntington, New York. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, President of the Long Island Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board, and has published widely in medical journals and textbooks on the topic of epilepsy.
 

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Contents

Present Illness
10
Workup
63
History
75
Systems
93
Procedures
119
at the Diagnosis
153
QuestionThe Followup Visit and Specific Diagnoses
161
Your Childs Medical History
181
If You Do not Ask Questions About Your
245
Surgery and Other Procedures Are Not a
271
Dont Compliment a Doctor Who Will
283
Be Prepared When You Call Your Doctor
295
Do Not Go Out of Your Mind When You Go
303
You Do Not Have to Be a Doctor to Get
313
Doctors The Good the Bad and the UglyDo
323
Feelings You May Have When You See
344

The Psychiatric Consultation
194
with Impaired Thinking
210
Directives
217
Not Asking About Test Results Is Out of
225
Read This Before You Go to the Hospital
355
Example of a Completed History Form
367
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