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About the Site:

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.


MDM:APG fala o português

March 30th, 2009 by Alan Schwartz

I’m pleased to announce that Medical Decision Making: A Physician’s Guide will soon (well, within 2 years) be available in a Portuguese language edition from Editora Guanabara Koogan SA/GEN in Brazil.

Any translation is exciting, but I’m particularly happy about this because I had the great pleasure of spending five weeks teaching Brazilian health care faculty in southern Brazil about a dozen years ago and I really enjoyed the people, the country, and the language. Otima!

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Making Veterinary Decisions

March 10th, 2009 by Alan Schwartz

Many patients in many countries don’t pay the full cost of their medical care, which makes cost a less important factor in medical decision making, for both many patients and many physicians.

On the other hand, nearly everyone pays the full cost of their veterinary care, and taking your pet to the vet is a good time to think about how medical decisions should get made.

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