Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care

Paperback | April 1, 2001

byNicholas A. Christakis

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This groundbreaking book explains prognosis from the perspective of doctors, examining why physicians are reluctant to predict the future, how doctors use prognosis, the symbolism it contains, and the emotional difficulties it involves. Drawing on his experiences as a doctor and sociologist, Nicholas Christakis interviewed scores of physicians and searched dozens of medical textbooks and medical school curricula for discussions of prognosis in an attempt to get to the core of this nebulous medical issue that, despite its importance, is only partially understood and rarely discussed.

"Highly recommended for everyone from patients wrestling with their personal prognosis to any medical practitioner touched by this bioethical dilemma."—Library Journal, starred review

"[T]he first full general discussion of prognosis ever written. . . . [A] manifesto for a form of prognosis that's equal parts prediction-an assessment of likely outcomes based on statistical averages-and prophecy, an intuition of what lies ahead."—Jeff Sharlet, Chicago Reader

"[S]ophisticated, extraordinarily well supported, and compelling. . . . [Christakis] argues forcefully that the profession must take responsibility for the current widespread avoidance of prognosis and change the present culture. This prophet is one whose advice we would do well to heed."—James Tulsky, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine

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This groundbreaking book explains prognosis from the perspective of doctors, examining why physicians are reluctant to predict the future, how doctors use prognosis, the symbolism it contains, and the emotional difficulties it involves. Drawing on his experiences as a doctor and sociologist, Nicholas Christakis interviewed scores of ph...

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"How long do I have, doctor?" It's one of the most critical questions patients ask, yet doctors rarely want to discuss the answer out of reluctance to think about or predict the future. In this groundbreaking book, Nicholas A. Christakis explains prognosis from the perspective of physicians. His argument is impassioned. As Gina Kolata ...

Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine and sociology at the University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:374 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Prognosis in Medicine
2. Making Use of Prognosis
3. Error and Accountability in Prognostication
4. Professional Norms Regarding Prognostication
5. Telling Patients Their Prognosis
6. The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
7. The Ritualization of Optimism and Pessimism
8. A Duty to Prognosticate
Appendix 1: Original Sources of Data
Appendix 2: Detailed Survey Experiment Results
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index