Author(s): Peter Ubel
We've all been there, sitting uncomfortably in a paper gown as a doctor impassively describes our prognosis. Sometimes it's simple and treatable. Other times we get news we can't fathom, and then are faced with decisions that are literally life and death. How do we decide? In this revolutionary book, practicing physician, behavioural scientist, and bioethicist Peter Ubel reveals how hidden dynamics in the doctor-patient relationship keep us, and our loved ones, from making the best medical choices. From doctors who struggle to explain, to patients who fail to properly listen, countless factors alter the course of our care, causing things to go seriously awry. Dr Ubel has been on both ends of the stethoscope and Critical Decisions will forever change the way we communicate at a time where thoughtful decision-making matters the most.
'The doctor's office is the worst place to make a mistake. As a physician and a social scientist, Peter Ubel is unparalleled in his understanding of some of the most important decisions we are all facing, or will face.' - Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational.
'The time is right for a book exploring the moral and psychological 'mess' that often characterises the doctor/patient relationship. And Peter Ubel has a unique perspective on how to fix this mess. This book could easily become required reading in medical schools. But patients (and aren't all of us potential patients?) need to read this book too. Required reading in waiting rooms? We can hope.' - Carl Elliot, author of Better Than Well.
Peter Ubel is the author of three books, Pricing Life, You're Stronger Than You Think and Free Market Madness.