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Malone, Patrick, 1952-
The life you save : nine steps to finding the best medical care--and avoiding the worst / Patrick Malone
Alternate Title Nine steps to finding the best medical care--and avoiding the worst
1st Da Capo Press ed
Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2009
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  R727.45 .M35 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Patient advocacy
Medicine, Popular
Self-care, Health
Medical errors -- Prevention
Physical Description viii, 296 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents This book could save your life -- Right now: get your records and read them -- Talking to your doctor: put it in writing -- When the diagnosis is in doubt -- Your best ally: a top primary-care doctor -- Steering clear of dangerous doctors -- Drugs: a dose of reality about the prescription drug industry and how you can safely use medicines -- "Should I be tested?": why understanding the numbers is crucial -- The second opinion: always your first choice -- When you need surgery: avoiding Dr. not-so-good, and finding Dr. right -- Making a list and checking it twice: the key to safe surgery -- Your personal advocate, in the hospital and out -- The scandal of infections in hospitals and other health care facilities, and what you can do -- Looking for the best hospital: a frustrating journey with some hope -- Living with chronic disease: advice from survivors -- Auditing your care so you live longer -- Celebrating the heroes and champions of patient safety and quality care -- Epilogue: dealing with medical injury
Summary Presents advice on how to protect one's health and ensure the best health care, discussing such options as obtaining and reviewing medical records, getting a second opinion, finding the right surgeon, and living with chronic disease
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