Title: Get inside your Doctor’s Head
Author: Phillip K Peterson
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Press
Reviewer: Paul Watson, Head of Child Development, Marshland High School
What was it like?
Get Inside Your Doctor’s Head provides advice about such questions as when to seek treatment, when to get another opinion, and when to let time take its course. The book offers Ten Rules that you should know when you are considering your doctor’s recommendations. I am pleased to see however, that Dr Peterson is clear that the Ten Rules of Internal Medicine have occasional exceptions. He makes it clear to the reader that when evidence suggests that there is an exception, the relevant rule should be broken. With this in mind though, it is easy to follow the Ten Rules to make decisions in the increasingly complicated medical world when you need guidance about health matters, for yourself, your loved ones, and in many cases the patients that you are entrusted with.
This book is well written and easy to pick up and understand. It is obviously written for the lay person but is definitely not patronising or demeaning, delivering an easy read for professionals and lay persons alike. The ten rules make up the ten chapters and result in an easy to use, interesting and informative read.
What were the highlights?
The ten rules are such a simple concept that any practitioner will benefit from keeping them in mind. A fab idea well presented!
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is a nice pocket sized companion that if not carried with a practitioner or patient/carer should remain to hand, on a desk or book shelf. Written in simple but professional terms this book is quick reference guide to making sensible assessments and successful outcomes.
Who should read it?
Everyone; This is such a quick easy read that I would be so bold as to suggest, that any practitioner that has direct contact with patients should be reviewing the Ten Rules. If caring for the patient it will give you confidence in the care you are being asked to deliver, and if prescribing the care it will allow you to support your decisions and might prevent a mistake, causing any unnecessary problems.