Making Sense Of Medicine: Bridging The Gap Between Doctor Guidelines And Patient Preferences by Zackary BergerMaking Sense Of Medicine: Bridging The Gap Between Doctor Guidelines And Patient Preferences by Zackary Berger

Making Sense Of Medicine: Bridging The Gap Between Doctor Guidelines And Patient Preferences

byZackary Berger

Hardcover | June 17, 2016

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The more we know about medicine, the more we realize that many health questions have no one true answer. Realizing this, and thinking carefully about how medicine asks patients to treat their conditions, leads us to some questions. How reliable are the guidelines that might form the basis of doctors' advice? Is it wrong, after all, to base an approach to medicine on patients' preferences? And, given that there is often a distance between the treatment a doctor advises and what a patient would like to do, how do we bridge the gap-especially in a health culture of inequality, technical proficiency, and increasing costs? In practical, engaging, narrative-driven chapters about common health conditions that millions of Americans are familiar with-depression and high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes-Dr. Zackary Berger of Johns Hopkins demystifies the often bewildering disconnect between patients and doctors and asks us all to think more clearly about how best to protect and cure the human body.
Zackary Berger, M.D., Ph.D., is a primary care doctor, internist, epidemiologist, and bioethicist. He is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he maintains an active practice in adult medicine and teaches with residents and medical students. His research on doctor-patient communication, bioethics, and cl...
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Title:Making Sense Of Medicine: Bridging The Gap Between Doctor Guidelines And Patient PreferencesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:182 pages, 9.26 × 6.22 × 0.78 inPublished:June 17, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1: Chronic Pain2: Common Conditions: The Gap Between Knowledge and Preference3: Poverty4: Depression5: High Blood Pressure: Where is the Limit?6: Diabetes - Sailing the Uncertain A1C7: Arthritis: Bred in the Bone8: Surgery9: How Good Are Guidelines?10: Is Half of All Research Wrong?11: Avoiding False Certainty12: Revisiting the Biomedical ParadigmBibliography

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Science, humanity, or the space between? That's the territory doctors and their patients navigate daily, with 'the space between' requiring maps, flashlights, and trail markers that must be built while on the journey. Zack Berger's book is a thoughtful, penetrating assessment of that 'space between,' including hazards to navigation like racism, and the pathways that reveal themselves when doctors and patients work together to manage the uncertainty that is a central feature of science, and of medicine. A joyful and necessary call for partnership in the most human of sciences - medicine - this is a must-read for anyone interested in improving the quality and character of healthcare.