When Doctors Don't Listen

How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests

Leana Wen, M.D., and Joshua Kosowsky, M.D.

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor’s visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can’t afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more:

  • How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you
  • 8-Pillars to a Better Diagnosis
  • How to tell the whole story of your illness
  • Learning test risks and evaluating whether they’re worth it
  • How to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visit

By empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, When Doctors Don't Listen is an essential guide that enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.

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Leana Wen, M.D., and Joshua Kosowsky, M.D.

DR. LEANA WEN is an Attending Physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. Inspired by her own childhood illness and then her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding patients to advocate for better care. A former Rhodes Scholar and Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School, she has published dozens of articles on patient-doctor communication. She speaks around the world on patient empowerment and healthcare reform.

DR. JOSH KOSOWSKY is assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Clinical Director of the Brigham & Women’s Emergency Medicine Department. He is the author of over two dozen articles and textbook chapters, and is co-editor of Pocket Emergency Medicine.

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When Doctors Don't Listen
How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests
Leana Wen, M.D., and Joshua Kosowsky, M.D.

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250048486
ISBN10: 1250048486
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$15.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
January 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312594916
ISBN10: 0312594917
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages, 4 graphs throughout
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
January 2013
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ISBN: 9781250013576
ISBN10: 1250013577
352 pages
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