Increasing time pressures, growing patient loads, and fears of
malpractice lawsuits have forced many doctors to resort to a
practice of “cookbook medicine,” according to Drs. Leana Wen and
Joshua Kosowsky, emergency physicians at Harvard-affiliated
Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Rather than listening to patients’
personal health stories and concerns, doctors put them through a
barrage of tests based on their main symptom. In their new book,
When Doctors Don’t Listen, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky teach
patients how to be better advocates for their own health.
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