How Doctors Think : Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine Paperback / softback
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: 14/11/2012
- Category: Medical profession
- ISBN: 9780199942053