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Get Inside Your Doctor's Head

Ten Commonsense Rules for Making Better Decisions about Medical Care

Ten rules of medical decision making—and when to break them.

Second Place Winner of the Design and Effectiveness Award of the Washington Publishers

With so many medical tests and treatments and so much scientific and medical information—some of it contradictory—how can people make the best medical decisions?

Most medical decisions, it turns out, are based on common sense. In this short and easy-to-read book, Dr. Phillip K. Peterson explains the ten rules of internal medicine. Using real case examples he shows how following the rules will help consumers make good decisions about their medical care.

Get Inside Your Doctor’s Head provides advice about such questions as when to seek treatment, when to get another opinion, and when to let time take its course. Turn to the Ten Rules when you are weighing your doctor’s recommendations about diagnostic tests and treatments and use them to communicate more effectively with your doctor. As with all rules, the Ten Rules of Internal Medicine have occasional exceptions—and when evidence suggests that you are an exception, the relevant rule should be broken. Follow the Ten Rules to make decisions in the increasingly complicated medical world when you need guidance about health matters for yourself and your loved ones.

About the Author

Phillip K. Peterson, M.D., is a professor of medicine and an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Because many infections are public health threats and many are linked to animals, he is also on the faculties of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Peterson has served as an internist and infectious diseases consultant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Reviews

"It’s a small book, but it’s full of big and invaluable advice."

- Publishers Weekly

"A powerful discussion highly recommended as a basic primer to medical professional thought processes, and will appeal to any general-interest health collection."

- Midwest Book Review

"Well written and easy to pick up and understand. it is obviously written for the lay person but is definitely not patronising or demeaning, delivery an easy read for professionals and lay persons alike... nice pocket sized companion that if not carried... should remain on hand, on a desk or book shelf."

- Ibadete Fetahu - Nursing Times

Endorsements

"In simple direct language Dr. Peterson tells readers how to understand their doctors’ recommendations and ask intelligent questions about their validity. This straightforward information provides valuable tools to help readers evaluate medical advice and become effective self-advocates for the highest quality medical care available."

- Charles E. Davis, M.D., University of California, San Diego, author of The International Traveler’s Guide to Avoiding Infections
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