Harvard Women's Health Watch

Getting your doctor to listen

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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