How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman

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I’ve been interested in the ways that doctors model their thinking for a while — super-interesting, and I think harder than software-style thinking, as you’re trying to work with subjects who are notoriously unreliable, changing all the time, and, you know, basically walking sacks of meat. So this was an interesting book, but I didn’t like it as much at Gawande’s Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, which is totally fantastic. Groopman has deeper credentials than Gawande, but I found him to be chattier and more anecdotal, and ultimately not as relevant.

2 Replies to “How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman”

  1. Hi John,Had to comment on this book. It was good, but maybe I am a bit too close to the subject to be objective. I had to laugh a little in your comments that you have been interested in ‘how doctors approach problems’, but I read your blog regularly to ‘see how CS and web folks’ think. I have one of these CS folk in my own home, and he approaches life in a much different way. I had to smile as we get a glimpse into the different ‘ways of approaching problems, be they on the web or in our body’. Great photos of Dr Sam as he approaches Snoopy’s medical complaints. We need him here at our office asap!My best to Kathy and Sam.jim

  2. Hi John,
    Had to comment on this book. It was good, but maybe I am a bit too close to the subject to be objective. I had to laugh a little in your comments that you have been interested in ‘how doctors approach problems’, but I read your blog regularly to ‘see how CS and web folks’ think. I have one of these CS folk in my own home, and he approaches life in a much different way. I had to smile as we get a glimpse into the different ‘ways of approaching problems, be they on the web or in our body’.
    Great photos of Dr Sam as he approaches Snoopy’s medical complaints. We need him here at our office asap!My best to Kathy and Sam.
    jim

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