When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests
by Leana Wen, MD and Joshua Kosowski, MD
When writer Leana Wen’s mother was diagnosed with cancer while Wen was in medical school, she was horrified by how impossible it was to navigate the system, even after years of being part of it. It also lead to Wen becoming an outspoken advocate for patient empowerment.
“Seeing how (my mother) was treated by her providers gave me a whole new understanding of what it meant to be a patient, and why it’s so important for both patients and physicians to question this cookbook approach to medicine,” Wen writes.
The authors Wen and Kosowski define “cookbook medicine” as a rote and formulaic approach to practice. Better care begins with a better partnership between physician and patient, and that was their goal in writing the book.