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Your Medical Mind

How to Decide What is Right for You


    About The Book

    Cutting through the confusion caused by the healthcare system, the media, and gaps in our reasoning, the bestselling author of How Doctors Think gives listeners essential tools for making the medical decisions that best suit their own needs.

    “This important and riveting book could change—and perhaps even save—your life.”
    —Daniel Gilbert, author of
    Stumbling on Happiness

    Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. Whether we’re deciding to take a cholesterol drug or
    choosing a cancer treatment, we are overwhelmed by information from all sides: our doctors’ recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, confusing statistics, conflicting media reports, the advice of friends, claims on the Internet, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads. Your Medical Mind shows us how to chart a clear path through this sea of confusion.

    Drs. Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a set of deeply rooted beliefs whose profound
    influence we may not realize when we make medical decisions. How much trust we place in authority figures, in
    statistics or in other patients’ stories, in technology or in natural healing, and whether we seek the most or the
    least treatment—all are key factors that shape our choices. Recognizing our preferences and the external factors that might lead our thinking astray can make a dramatic, even lifesaving, difference in our medical decision making. When conflicting information pulls us back and forth between options, when we feel pressured by doctors or loved ones to make a particular choice, or when we have no previous experience to guide us through a crisis, Your Medical Mind will prove to be an essential companion.

    The authors interviewed scores of patients and draw on research and insights from doctors, psychologists, economists, and other experts to help explain the array of forces that can aid or impede our
    thinking. They show us the subtle strategies drug advertisers use to influence our choices. They unveil
    the extreme—sometimes dangerously misleading—power of both narratives and statistics. And they
    help us understand how to improve upon a universal human shortcoming—assessing the future impact
    of the decisions we make now.

    About The Authors

    About The Readers

    Linda Emond's film credits include Stop Loss, North Country, and Across the Universe. Television credits include The Sopranos, all four Law & Orders, and American Experience: John & Abigail Adams. On Broadway she has performed in 1776 and Life x 3 (Tony nomination & Outer Critics Circle Award) and Off-Broadway in Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (Obie & Lucille Lortel Awards).

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (September 20, 2011)
    • Runtime: 6 hours and 30 minutes
    • ISBN13: 9781442347298

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