Posted by: 2in10 | 10/24/2011

medical minds

Do you have a decision to make about medical treatment, to prolong or restore your good health or to combat serious illness? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the doctor’s recommendation, a second opinion, information on the Internet, and your family’s and friends’ inclinations.

Jerome Groopman, MD and Pamela Hartzband, MD, co-authors and long-time husband and wife, discuss how you can cope with “decisional conflict” to find the right path. We each have personal biases, from wanting minimal medical treatment to the max. The authors make the case that by understanding this facet of our nature and the experiences that have brought us to this place, we can make a good decision. 

I saw Drs. Groopman and Hartzband speak in the Boston area with Joyce Kulhawik, two-time ovarian cancer survivor, as moderator. I loved hearing Dr. Hartzband relate hearing her mother and grandmother say that “experts don’t know everything” and “doctors don’t know everything.” That aligns well with my experience.

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You (The Penguin Press, New York, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-101-54782-3) would make a great gift for anyone dealing with cancer or for the holidays coming soon.

Carolyn

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