Questions you can ask your doctor


I just finished Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think. In general, I think the topic of medical thinking is fascinating. I was a little disappointed by the book, which is long on colorful anecdotes and personal experiences but short on research and policy. I’m difficult to please.

One frustration I had with the book is that Groopman had sprinkled paragraphs throughout the book that say something like, “To avoid a medical thinking mishap like the one this anecdote illustrated, you might consider asking your doctor X.” Because there was no appendix collecting these questions, I’ve put those questions and their motivations here.

Before a diagnosis
After a diagnosis
Before assenting to a test, scan, or procedure