How Doctors Think - Jerome Groopman

How Doctors Think

By Jerome Groopman

  • Release Date: 2008-03-12
  • Genre: Medical
4 Score: 4 (From 63 Ratings)


On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong—with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can—with our help—avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking and reveal how new technologies may actually hinder accurate diagnoses. How Doctors Think offers direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track.

Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best doctors, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems.

How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.


  • How Doctors Think

    By DocYang
    This book has affirmed many beliefs I have about my own profession. I found it refreshing to have some of the stories that are shared in theme by every physician be told in print. Thanks for writing it. This is a must read for both patients and as physicians.
  • Good book

    By Joseph Jacob
    Interesting pov