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How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor: A Handbook for Parents

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A two-year-old develops a nasty cough and after experiencing breathing problems, his concerned parents take him to the emergency room. The doctor on call diagnoses his symptoms as croup, prescribes treatment, but days later the cough is no better. After another trip to the emergency room, x-rays, respiratory therapy, and treatment for asthma, the little boy still cannot shake his cough and breathing difficulties. Finally, two weeks later, the family doctor suggests an examination by an ear-nose-and-throat specialist. Using a bronchoscope, the specialist finds a small piece of plastic from a toy lodged in the edge of the childs trachea. After removing the obstruction, the boy returns to normal within a day. In fact, he never had croup or asthma.

Could this lengthy, frustrating experience have been avoided?

In this illuminating guide to communicating with your childs doctor, pediatrician Christopher M. Johnson shows parents how to talk more effectively to their doctors about their childrens health. Johnson takes the nonmedical layperson into the mindset of the physician examining a sick child for the first time. He demonstrates how doctors evaluate symptoms, interpret answers to their questions, and decide on a course of treatment. The book invites and then empowers parents to join their childs doctor as a partner in the diagnostic and therapeutic process. Each chapter ends with a communication checklist to help parents find the right words while visiting the doctor.

Dr. Johnson covers the following topics:

The medical history and why it is so important

How and why the doctor examines your child

How a doctor uses lab tests

How a doctor arrives at a diagnosis

Time-honored medical wisdom that all doctors rely on

The difference between specific treatments and supportive care when a diagnosis is uncertain

Consulting specialists along with the family physician

The final chapter encourages the reader to become a sort of "junior doctor" by presenting several real-life cases and challenging the reader to work through the problem as a physician would.

This jargon-free and completely accessible guidebook will enable you to assist your childs doctor in the vital work of effectively caring for your child in health and illness.

Book News Annotation:

In this guide for parents, Johnson, a pediatrician, explains how to communicate effectively with their child's doctors. He explains how doctors think and evaluate symptoms, use lab tests, and decide on a diagnosis and treatment. Discussion of differential diagnoses for common problems and types of medications used are included. Other chapters address dealing with difficult doctors and specialists, and medical training. The final chapter illustrates the process through five of Johnson's cases. There is no bibliography. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this illuminating guide to communicating with your childs doctor, pediatrician Christopher M. Johnson shows parents how to talk more effectively to their doctors about their childrens health.

About the Author

Christopher M. Johnson, MD, MA (Santa Fe, NM), is a pediatrician in private practice at Pediatric Intensive Care Associates, PC. Formerly, he was employed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He is the author of Your Critically Ill Child: Life and Death Choices Parents Must Face, which was selected by Library Journal for its Best Consumer Health Books of 2007. For more about author Christopher Johnson, visit www.chrisjohnsonmd.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591026198
Author:
Johnson, Christopher
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Christopher M. Johnson, M.D.
Author:
Johnson, Christopher M. Md
Author:
Johnson MD Ma, Christopher M.
Author:
Johnson, Christopher M.
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Subject:
Health - General
Subject:
Physician & Patient
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Pediatrics
Subject:
Communication in pediatrics.
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Parenting
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
299
Dimensions:
8.95x6.10x.57 in. .90 lbs.

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