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February 24, 2000
Second Opinions: Stories of Intuition and Choice in the Changing World of Medicine (Viking, 2000) by Jerome Groopman, M.D. $24.95. 244 pp.
Advances in medicine are heralded left and right: technology becomes more sophisticated, shots and prescriptions proliferate, fields become more specialized, new and innovative cures and treatments crop up everywhere - only making the process of engaging the medical community more problematic and complicated. Add to that mix the byzantine rules, regulations and policies of managed care, the politics of medicine and conflicting points of view when all you want is medical help, and you have the modern nightmare of getting sick. In eight clinical narratives, Dr. Jerome Goodman of Brookline and the Harvard Medical School delves into these crises in "Second Opinions: Stories of Intuition and Choice in the Changing World of Medicine." The goal is to help people make more informed decisions and choices as they navigate through the health care experience. Alleluia.