What are you reading?

We are all challenged to keep up with the latest information in the library & information science field.  I’m currently listening my way through the many hours of presentations from Computers in Library 2007, since I bought the 2-CD set to catch the ones I couldn’t attend in April and to refresh my memory of the sessions I did attend.  I’ll fill you in on some of the sessions over the next few weeks, since I’m hearing a lot of great information.

One of the reasons for maintaining a blog is to offer the readers an opportunity to share and interact.   So here’s an opportunity: please use the “Comments” feature on this posting to share with the group what library, technology or medical professional literature you are reading (or listening to) that you think your fellow medical librarians will find interesting.  If it’s something on the web, please include a URL; if in print, a citation would be helpful. Tell us what it’s about; why would we want to read it?

Is there some other topic you’d like to discuss? Drop me a line.  I’d be happy to start the discussion.

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  1. I recently read How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman MD (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). It’s a very enlightening book. Groopman teaches medicine at Harvard and practices at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston. He is interested in physician thought processes, and how they might lead to misdiagnosis.

    Groopmas has personal experience with misdiagnosis; he suffered for many years from debilitating wrist pain. He consulted six specialists for his condition and received four different diagnoses. This prompted him to research how cognitive errors occur.

    Groopman interviewed colleagues about their memorable misdiagnoses, looking for patterns. He identifies and describes some predictable pitfalls in physician decision-making. He uses case histories to illustrate how easy it is to fall into wrong-headed thinking. For example, errors of attribution are very common, not just in medicine, but all around us. We assume someone fits into a known stereotype, because he or she displays some of the attributes of that stereotype.

    What’s really useful about Groopman’s book is that he proposes some strategies for avoiding these widespread cognitive errors. He suggests some questions patients can ask to help their physicians think clearly, such as “What else could this be?” “Is it possible that I have more than one problem?” “Is there anything that doesn’t fit?”

    I enjoyed reading How Doctors Think & highly recommend it.

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