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How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine How Doctors Think

 
 
 
 
How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine How Doctors Think
Author: Montgomery - Kathryn
ISBN 13: 9780195187120
ISBN 10: 195187121
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Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Publication Date: 2005
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How Doctors Think defines the nature and importance of clinical judgment. Although physicians make use of science, this book argues that medicine is not itself a science but rather an interpretive practice that relies on clinical reasoning. A physician looks at the patient's history along with the presenting physical signs and symptoms and juxtaposes these with clinical experience and empirical studies to construct a tentative account of the illness.
How Doctors Think is divided into four parts. Part one introduces the concept of medicine as a practice rather than a science; part two discusses the idea of causation; part three delves into the process of forming clinical judgment; and part four considers clinical judgment within the uncertain nature of medicine itself. In How Doctors Think, Montgomery contends that assuming medicine is strictly a science can have adverse side effects, and suggests reducing these by recognizing the vital role of clinical judgment.