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How Doctors Think by On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong -- with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can -- with our help -- avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking and reveal how new technologies may actually hinder accurate diagnoses. How Doctors Think offers direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track. Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best doctors, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems. How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.
Call Number: Owen Stacks R723.5 .G75
Publication Date: 2008-03-12
The Body by Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
Publication Date: 2019-10-15
This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by
Publication Date: 2017
In Stitches by Tony Youn grew up up one of two Asian-American kids in a small town of near wall-to-wall whiteness. Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke-bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a protruding jaw that one day began to grow, expanding Pinocchio-like, protruding to an unthinkable, monstrous size. After high school graduation, while other seniors partied at the shore or exploredEurope, Youn lay strapped in an oral surgeon's chair as he broke his jaw, then reset it and wired it shut for six weeks. Ironically, it was this brutal makeover that led him to his life's calling -- and the four years of angst, flubs, triumphs, non-stop studying and intermittant heavy drinking that eventually earned him an M.D. Thanks to a small circle of close friends and an obsessive drive to overachieve, Youn transformed from a shy, skinny, awkward nerd with no confidence and no clue into a renowned and successful plastic surgeon. In Stitches is a heartfelt, candid, and laugh-out-loud memoir of one man's bumpy road to becoming a doctor and learning to be confortable in his own skin.
Publication Date: 2011-04-26
Stiff by Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers--some willingly, some unwittingly--have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries--from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
Call Number: Owen Stacks R853.H8 R635
Publication Date: 2003-04-17
Being Mortal by In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.
Call Number: HT Stacks R726.8 .G39
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
Make It Stick by Drawing on cognitive psychology and other fields, Make It Stick offers techniques for becoming more productive learners, and cautions against study habits and practice routines that turn out to be counterproductive. The book speaks to students, teachers, trainers, athletes, and all those interested in lifelong learning and self-improvement.
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
A Mind for Numbers by Whether you are a student struggling to fulfil a math or science requirement, or an established professional embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbersoffers the necessary tools for getting a better grasp on this often intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, but when she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy was severely limiting her options post-graduation, she returned to college newly determined to retool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble. In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to effectively learning math and science, based on insights from neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Many people think there's only one way to solve a problem, when in fact there are often a number of methods - you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. We all have what it takes to excel in math, and learning it is not as painful as some might think. 'If you struggled through math and slept through science, there's hope. Polymath Barbara Oakley reveals how to unlock the analytic powers of our brains so we can learn how to learn. This book should be required reading for students - and for my mother.' Adam Grant, professor of management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and New York Times- bestselling author of Give and Take'A wonderful book! How do you come to lovemath and science, and how do you come to learnmath and science? Read A Mind for Numbers. Barbara Oakley is the magician who will help you do both.' Francisco J. Ayala, former President and Chairman of the Board, American Association for the Advancement of Science'In my book The Math Instinct, I described how we have known since the early 1990s that all ordinary people can do mathematics, and in The Math Gene, I explained why the capacity for mathematical thinking is both a natural consequence of evolution and yet requires effort to unleash it. What I did not do is show how to tap in to the innate ability. Professor Oakley does just that.'Keith Devlin, NPR Weekend Edition's'Math Guy'
Call Number: Owen Library Stacks QA11.2 .O23 or Interlibrary Loan
Publication Date: 2014-07-31
Teach Yourself How to Learn by Following up on her acclaimed Teach Students How to Learn, that describes teaching strategies to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success, Saundra McGuire here presents these "secrets" direct to students. Her message is that "Any student can use simple, straightforward strategies to start making A's in their courses and enjoy a lifetime of deep, effective learning." Beginning with explaining how expectations about learning, and the study efforts required, differ between college and secondary school, the author introduces her readers, through the concept of metacognition, to the importance and powerful consequences of understanding themselves as learners. This framework and the recommended strategies that support it are useful for anyone moving on to a more advanced stage of education, so this book also has an intended audience of students preparing to go to high school, graduate school, or professional school. In a conversational tone, and liberally illustrated by anecdotes of past students, the author combines introducing readers to concepts like Bloom's Taxonomy (to illuminate the difference between studying and learning), fixed and growth mindsets, as well as to what brain science has to tell us about rest, nutrition and exercise, together with such highly specific learning strategies as how to read a textbook, manage their time and take tests. With engaging exercises and thought-provoking reflections, this book is an ideal motivational and practical text for study skills and first year experience courses.
Call Number: Order through Interlibrary Loan
Publication Date: 2018-01-10
Mindshift by In an age when we are constantly being asked to retrain and reinvent ourselves, to adapt to new technologies and changing industries, this book assuages our fears and inspires us with a sense of possibility. Our passions and talents may actually surprise us. In Mindshift, Barbara Oakley tells the stories of people who have overcome learning "handicaps" of all kinds-such as Imposter's Syndrome and advancing age-and shows how we can turn perceived weaknesses into strengths. For example, people may feel like they're at a disadvantage if they pursue a new field later in life; yet those who change careers can be fertile cross-pollinators-they bring valuable insights from one discipline to another. The power of simple persistence in building talent is also often underestimated. Dr. Oakley reveals the latest neuroscientific insights into how our brains change when we learn something new. She shares strategies for learning that are backed by brain science, including practical exercises to apply in our own lives. Praise for A Mind for Numbers
Call Number: Order through Summit
Publication Date: 2017-04-18
How We Learn Where We Live by How We Learn Where We Live opens new avenues into thinking about one of the most provocative writers of the twentieth century, Thomas Bernhard. In one of the first English studies of his work, Fatima Naqvi focuses on the Austrian author's critique of education (Bildung) through the edifices in which it takes place. She demonstrates that both literature and architecture are implicated in the concept of Bildung. His writings insist that learning has always been a life-long process that is helped--or hindered--by the particular buildings in which Bildung occurs. Naqvi offers close readings of Bernhard's major prose works, from Amras (1964) to Old Masters (1985) and brings them into dialogue with major architectural debates of the times. She examines Bernard's interrogation of the theoretical foundations underpinning the educational system and its actual sites.
Call Number: Holland and Terrell Libraries Stacks PT2662.E7 Z7873
Publication Date: 2015-12-31
Oxford Textbook of Medical Education by CH. 21 Study Skills. Changes in healthcare practices and education have created the need for the development of a set of study skills which can be carried forward by the medical student of the 21st century into their postgraduate and continuing medical education. The teacher of the undergraduate medical student has an important role to play in the development of these skills. The explosion of knowledge related to health and associated technological developments, the escalating costs of healthcare and patients’ increasing awareness of their rights have affected the practice of medicine in ways that require the medical practitioner to be armed with certain attributes in caring for patients and communities. Research on student learning at all levels has contributed to our understanding of how medical students should prepare themselves for contemporary practice. They must adopt a deep approach to learning, develop skills of self-directed learning (including distance learning and computer aided learning), and must be able to plan and implement their own studies more effectively and efficiently. Self reflection, creative thinking, retrieval and management of information, the ability to critically review literature, and teach others, have become increasingly important for the medical graduate. The teacher of the medical student can help in the development of these skills through attending to students’ misconceptions about learning, by avoidance of total exposition of required subject matter and by the judicious use of assignments and examinations, which stimulate independent thinking. Increasing students’ self efficacy beliefs and self directedness in learning, at the expense of teacher control, contribute to such developments. Appropriate and timely feedback by the teacher, on both processes and outcomes of student self study, is central to the academic development of the student. Carefully planned and implemented study skills courses at the commencement of undergraduate medical training can go a long way in helping to prepare the health professional, not only for the rigors of undergraduate study, but for a lifetime of continuing education and practice
Call Number: Animal Health Library Stacks R735 .O94
Publication Date: 2016-05-05