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How Doctors Think : Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine, Paperback / softback Book


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 roleof clinical judgment. "This is a book that will be read with pleasure by anyone interested in how medicine is done and it is a book that should be required reading for all students starting their clinical training."-Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine"Montgomery has certainly written a piece that will stimulate people to think more deeply about medical and wider health professional practice.

It is a text I will recommend to students and colleagues."-PsycCRITIQUES


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Medical profession
  • ISBN: 9780199942053


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