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** When Doctors don’t Listen by Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky

When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests┬áis a rather awkward mix of a self-help manual for patients (to speak up more) and a blistering attack on what the authors call “cookbook” medicine, medicine by following predefined pathways without (apparently) thinking too much, or at all, about either the patient or a proper diagnosis.

While the stories are compelling and common sense tells us that listening to patients should help doctors make better diagnoses, not to mention make patients feel heard, it’s a little hard to believe that the pathways method is generally disastrous. It would be good to have a more balanced view. And the idea that patients can and will use the probing questions the authors suggest with their own doctors strikes me as rather preposterous. That being said, interesting book and ideas.


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