Synopses & Reviews
Everyone needs to become a smart patient. In fact, in the worst cases, your life may even depend on it. Number one bestselling authors and doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz have written this indispensable handbook to help everyone to get the best health care possible by making everyone into their own medical detective.
Witty, playful, at times offbeat, but always authoritative, You: The Smart Patient shows you how to become your own medical sleuth, tracing your medical family tree and wending your way through the pitfalls of any health care situation. Written in conjunction with the health care community's leading oversight group, The Joint Commission, the book shows readers in clear, easy steps how to take control of their own health care and deal with all matters that may come up when facing a medical case: from choosing the right doctor, hospital, and insurance company to navigating prescription drugs, specialists, treatment options, alternative medicine, pain management, or any problem that might arise.
Accessible, humorous, and filled with information that you need, You: The Smart Patient is a book for every patient and all those dealing with a loved one's medical issues.
Everyone needs to become a smart patient. In fact, in the worst cases, your life may even depend on it. Number one bestselling
About the Author
Michael F. Roizen, MD, is the four-time #1 andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling author and co-founder and originator of the popular RealAge.com website. He is Chief Wellness Officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and Chief Medical Consultant to andlt;iandgt;The Dr. Oz Showandlt;/iandgt;. He currently lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.Mehmet C. Oz, MD, is also a andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; #1 bestselling author and multiple Emmy Award-winning host of andlt;iandgt;The Dr. Oz Showandlt;/iandgt;. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute. He currently lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why You Need to Be a Smart Patient
The Smart Patient Quiz
1. Getting to Know You
Let's discover the juicy secrets about the person who controls your health: you
2. Finding Dr. Right
How to find that gem of a doctor who'll make your life easier -- and longer
3. Let's Play Operation!
You're having surgery? Use these insider tips you'll need to sail safely through the OR
4. Prescription Drugs
Take two and pray you're still here in the morning
5. How to Case a Hospital
Use an expert's eye to find the best hospital for your specific goals -- and learn why one size does not fit all
6. Have a Happily Humdrum Hospital Stay
Only $2,900 a night and free sponge baths -- what a deal! Just make sure you check out...
7. Why You Should Always Get a Second Opinion
Whose life is it, anyway?
8. Just What Gives You the Right?
You have rights, you know. Here's how to use them
9. Considering the Alternatives
On pins and needles about acupuncture and herbs?
Here's what you need to know about alternative medicine
10. Take Control of Your Health Insurance
It's your most important -- and expensive -- health resource. Are you wasting it?
Appendix 1 Glossary: Medical Jargon Explained
Appendix 2 Sample Forms: Your Health Journal,
Living Will, Power of Attorney for Health Care,
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order
Appendix 3 Resources