Overwhelmed by medical information from all sides—doctors' recommendations, confusing statistics, or testimonials on the Internet—making the right medical decisions is harder than ever. Harvard Medical School chair and New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband suggest that each of us has a "medical mind," a highly individual approach to weighing the risks and benefits of treatments. Are you a believer or a doubter? Do you look for natural healing or the latest technology? The authors combine narratives of real patients with insights from recent research to help you arrive at a decision-making process you can trust.
"Bringing the deep sensitivity and outstanding clinical skill that characterize all of his writings, Jerome Groopman has joined forces with Pamela Hartzband to bring us a message of wisdom and far-ranging importance. The complexities that face any patient in making personal medical decisions are here described, analyzed and clarified by two master physicians, who guide us with empathy, sincere caring and wide experience."—Sherwin Nuland