Surviving Your Doctors: Why the Medical System is Dangerous to Your Health and How to Get Through it Alive

Surviving Your Doctors: Why the Medical System is Dangerous to Your Health and How to Get Through it Alive

Richard S. Klein

Language: English

Pages: 248

ISBN: 1442201401

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Surviving Your Doctors, with its in-depth explanations, guidance, and direction will be the basic training manual patients need to work their way through the health care maze. It serves as a map of the medical minefield, told from the perspective of a doctor yet designed to reveal the faults in the system and the things that can and do go wrong during the course of both routine and special procedures and office visits. Filled with real stories of medical mishaps, anecdotes, and checklists, this book will walk readers through major areas of the medical world - from the doctor's office to the pharmacy, from the laboratory to the ER - giving them a clearer picture of how things really work, what health care workers really think, and how to take back control of their health and the care they receive.

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triple—in just two days. That was a pretty dramatic rise in such a short period of time. But it was a quickly learned lesson for me: never give those two particular drugs together. What is most important about this anecdote is that there are ways to prevent such incidents from occurring. I consider myself a pretty conscientious doctor but, as you can see, errors still occur because of all the constantly changing drugs and interactions. If, however, my patient had taken the proactive measure to

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delivering a baby. Asking about your doctor’s background and experience in all kinds of deliveries is reasonable, and if your doctor balks at such questions, it may be time to find a new doctor. Of all the postpartum changes, and unfortunately there will be lots of changes, the most worrisome is depression. About 10 percent of new mothers will suffer from postpartum depression. This occurs more frequently in women who have suffered with depression in the past. One’s family has to be put on

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http://194.84.38.65/files/esw_files/malpractice_systems_eng.pdf (retrieved May 24, 2009). Zwillich, Todd. “Drug Errors Injure 1.5 Million Annually.” WebMD, July 20, 2006. www .webmd.com/news/20060720/report-drug-errors-injure-millions (retrieved July 9, 2009). About the Author The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” ~ Voltaire Richard S. Klein, M.D. is a practicing physician in Yorktown Heights, New York. He specializes in internal

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