Essay on The Books Your Medical Mind

1546 Words May 6th, 2015 null Page
The books Your Medical Mind by Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband and Happiness in a Storm by Dr. Wendy Harpham discuss two different approaches to medical decision making. Medical decisions are not only decisions patients make in life or death situations but also the mundane decisions patients make routinely, such as whether to ingest an allergy pill. In our technologically dependent age, patients face many challenges when attempting to make the best possible medical decision for them. For example, the media, internet, disagreeing experts, and even personal anecdotes we hear influence our decisions by instigating or hindering us from picking a certain plan of treatment. Drs. Groopman and Hartzband, both of whom are practicing physicians, assert that each of us has a unique approach to evaluating the risks and benefits of treatments. Dr. Harpham, a physician who battled cancer herself, writes that patients diagnosed with life-threatening diseases can live life to the fullest, even while overcoming disease through her three pronged approach of knowledge, action, and hope. Although both books strive to ensure that patients are happy in their road to recovery, Your Medical Mind helps patients make rational decisions that serve them best while Happiness in a Storm takes an emotional approach to inspire those battling disease to become Healthy Survivors, defined as those who “can get good care and live as fully as possible” (Harpham 25).
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