Monday, September 8, 2008

The Secrets Your Doctor Keeps From You

Is your healthcare provider making recommendations based on something other than research?

Physician David Newman has written a book about the secrets your doctor keeps from you. Hippocrates' Shadow: Secrets From the House of Medicine
(Scribner)

"While patients assume doctors rely on science, "it's not uncommon
for the decisions we make to be entirely based on opinion
," Newman
says.

Newman now trains medical students and residents at Columbia University and St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center.

Rather than asking leading questions such as do you support breastfeeding (what doctor would say no?) ask more directive questions like: What percentage of your patients ____?