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debbiewil

Member Since 03 Oct 2005
Offline Last Active Sep 22 2010 04:58 PM
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In Topic: New Book At B & N

12 November 2007 - 01:19 PM

I have the book and I've read it. Actually, I don't think it told me anything I didn't know, it just confirmed things that I've thought for years. Like doctors don't believe patients tell the truth, if it doesn't seem to match with the diagnosis or idea that the doctor already has. So if you say, have liver disease, and the doctor thinks it's because you are an alcoholic, he's already made up his mind and isn't going to test for anything else. And if you tell him you're a life-long teetotaler, he's still not going to test for anything else, because he thinks you're lying. Some other things like that - doctors don't think of testing for so-called 'rare' diseases even if you have all the symptoms. They're told in medical school that they'll never see a patient with this, so they don't test for it. Well, honestly, no matter how rare it is, if it exists at all, some doctor eventually has to see it, right? So if you have the symptoms for it, the doctor should test for it, but they don't. Anyway, the book did describe typical 'doctor think' and had a couple of suggestions for dealing with it. It wasn't a bad book, but I'm more tempted to bring it to my doctor next time I go in, and point out the things my doc does, and why that's not good medical practice. If I did that though, I probably wouldn't have the doc any longer. LOL
Debbie