How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine

Oxford University Press (2006)
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.
Keywords Medicine Decision making  Medicine Philosophy  Clinical medicine Practice  Decision Making  Judgment  Clinical Medicine
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Call number R723.5.M665 2006
ISBN(s) 0195187121   9780195187120
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