5.0 out of 5 stars `It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame' Oscar Wilde May 12, 2013
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE
Lawrence W. Gold, MD has written some fine medico-centric novels that have brought him a degree of fame in the literary world. His novels benefit from the fact that he writes from a knowing standpoint medically speaking and after reading some of his books of intense storytelling it may come as a surprise that he has a delightful sense of humor. This book written by Dr. Gold and illustrated by Theresa McCracken takes on the growing problem of the problems of delivery of medical service to the public in the wake of the extraordinary changes that are happening with increasing frequency daily - the manner in which we are headed to a health care delivery system that seems to be a stumbling block in the views of insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, patients and doctors; the increased number of very expensive medications and diagnostic equipment available but not often reimbursable to either patient or physician, the mounting costs of malpractice insurance, increased litigation, the diminished number of students who elect to enter the very low paying fields of Family Practice and Pediatrics, the early retirement of physicians who are fed up with the government intervention in dictating the use of electronic medical systems which take away time from patient contact, the increasing reliance of patients on seeking information about medications and diagnoses on the Internet, et cetera.
Dr. Gold addresses the evolving change in doctor patient relationships - from communication, to unrealistic expectations, to threats of malpractice to extensive doctor shopping with the concomitant shuffling of personal medical records - and he places this discussion in a lighthearted (though not at all mocking) setting of humor about doctor patient interactions. His little stories or narratives may be funny but they do definitely hold truths.
Since this is a book that is both entertaining to read and very informative, it would be well to list the chapter headings: The Problems; I Hate Doctors Narratives; Patient and Physician Communications; Questions for Physicians and Patients; Essential Questions to be asked of Patients; Medical Malpractice; Matching Patient and Physician; Be Careful What You Wish For; The `More Is Always Better' Philosophy; Medical Problems That Physicians Dislike; Finding a Physician; Introduction to Medical Terminology; and Finding Answers Online.
He then draws conclusions from the information he has shared, makes suggestions about bonding with a physician, making the right decision about Emergency Care, and finally - a glossary of medical terminology and a Glossary of Medical Specialists. Yes, there is a lot of common sense embedded in these pages as well as a terrific amount of solid humor, but for those who have drawn sides across the line between patient and doctor, this is an excellent and informative resource. It is `looking at life from both sides now' - and that is healthy! Grady Harp, May 13
You have questions for your physician, but don’t ask them?
Your physician has questions for you, but he/she doesn’t ask them.
That’s one hell of a way to run an airline, a railroad, a government, or a medical practice.
Fault is besides the point, but difficult or painful questions unasked or unanswered threatens your health and compromises the physician’s ability to help.
I Love My Doctor, But… empowers patients and their physicians and offers common sense solutions to important problems in medicine today, especially under Obamacare.
The book makes specific suggestions about:
2. How much care is enough
3. Matching patient and physician
4. Finding a physician
5. Online information
6. Getting along with your physician
7. Take away suggestions
8. When to go to the emergency room
9. Glossaries: medical terminology and medical specialists