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This is the blog for the book Medical Decision Making: A Physician's Guide, by Alan Schwartz and George Bergus (Cambridge University Press, 2008). The book is now available from Cambridge University Press

About the Authors:

Alan Schwartz, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he teaches and conducts research on physician and patient decision making.

George Bergus, M.D., M.A. is the Dr. William and Sondra Myers Family Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Family Practice/Psychiatry Residency program. He holds a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Geriatrics.

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Two stories about testing

October 16th, 2007 by Alan Schwartz

A bit of synchronicity strikes, as I come across two different pieces from quite different sources on the question of “even if we have a test that provides probabilities of future health states, do we really want to know?”

The first is journalistic. National Public Radio’s program Talk of the Nation did a segment on a new blood test that can diagnose early stages of Alzheimer’s diease.

The second is literary, as the science fiction podcast Escape Pod presented the story Results by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, originally written in 2000.

Very different formats, very similar ideas about patient-focused decision making. Each is well worth a listen.

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