How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine by Kathryn Mongtomery

How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine

byKathryn Mongtomery

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How Doctors Think defines the nature and importance of clinical judgment. Although physicians make use of science, this book argues that medicine is not itself a science but rather an interpretive practice that relies on clinical reasoning. A physician looks at the patient's history along withthe presenting physical signs and symptoms and juxtaposes these with clinical experience and empirical studies to construct a tentative account of the illness.How Doctors Think is divided into four parts. Part one introduces the concept of medicine as a practice rather than a science; part two discusses the idea of causation; part three delves into the process of forming clinical judgment; and part four considers clinical judgment within the uncertainnature of medicine itself. In How Doctors Think, Montgomery contends that assuming medicine is strictly a science can have adverse side effects, and suggests reducing these by recognizing the vital role of clinical judgment.

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Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Northwestern University
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Title:How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of MedicineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.51 inPublished:November 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199942056

ISBN - 13:9780199942053

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Table of Contents

Part I: Medicine as a Practice1. Medicine and the Limits of Knowledge2. The Misdescription of MedicinePart II: Clinical Judgment and the Idea of Cause3. Clinical Judgment and the Interpretation of the Case4. "What Brings You Here Today?": The Idea of Cause in Medical Practice5. The Simplification of Clinical Cause6. Clinical Judgment and the Problem of ParticularizingPart III: The Formation of Clinical Judgment7. Aphorisms, Maxims, and Old Saws: Some Rules of Clinical Reasoning8. "Don't Think Zebras": A Theory of Clinical Knowing9. Knowing One's Place: The Evaluation of Clinical JudgmentPart IV: Clinical Judgment and the Nature of Medicine10. The Self in Medicine: The Use and Misuse of the Science Claim11. A Medicine of Neighbors12. Uncertainty and the Ethics of Practice

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"Montgomery has certainly written a piece that will stimulate people to think more deeply about medical and wider health professional practice. It is a text I will recommend to students and colleagues." --PsycCRITIQUES