How Doctors Think: Clinical judgment and the practice of medicine

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How Doctors Think defines the nature and importance of clinical judgment. Although physicians make use of science, this book argues that medicine is not itself a science but rather an interpretive practice that relies on clinical reasoning. A physician looks at the patient's history along with the presenting physical signs and symptoms and juxtaposes these with clinical experience and empirical studies to construct a tentative account of the illness.
How Doctors Think is divided into four parts. Part one introduces the concept of medicine as a practice rather than a science; part two discusses the idea of causation; part three delves into the process of forming clinical judgment; and part four considers clinical judgment within the uncertain nature of medicine itself. In How Doctors Think, Montgomery contends that assuming medicine is strictly a science can have adverse side effects, and suggests reducing these by recognizing the vital role of clinical judgment.
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ISBN-13: 9780195187120
ISBN-10: 0195187121
Pagini: 208
Ilustrații: 4 line illustrations
Dimensiuni: 162 x 242 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.56 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Montgomery's book is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion over the nature and role of clinical judgement in medical practice and is required reading for anyone interested in it.