| ||More waiting rooms are filled these days with highly informed medical consumers seeking to partner with their doctors. They want to explore all promising treatments, both mainstream and alternative. To physicians, these patients seem needy and demanding. They expect a lot of attention, but are all too quick to question authority and battle doctors for control of medicine. To patients, though, such physicians come off as stodgy, even arrogant. Many walk away entirely from mainstream medicine or neglect to mention the alternative treatments they are using for fear of disapproval.
The unfortunate result in each case is the same: miscommunication and missed opportunities. Patients fail to receive the best care available to them, and doctor-patient relationships fall far short of the caring and mutually satisfying exchanges they could be.
How to Talk with Your Doctor is a book for patients and doctors alike. It arms patients with the tools and knowledge they need to communicate better with physicians about using the best high-tech and alternative treatments while also helping doctors balance their skepticism of complementary and alternative approaches with open-mindedness.
Part One looks at how doctors are trained, what practicing medicine is really like, and why so many physicians still resist nonconventional approaches. It also looks at how growing interest in alternative treatments is changing the practice of medicine and how it might change even further--for the better. Part Two offers a blueprint for patient and doctor for maintaining optimal health and dealing with chronic illness. It also explores complementary and conventional options for preventing and treating specific conditions. Separate resource sections for patients and doctors list products, websites, and organizations that can help promote more dialogue and medical collaboration so patients receive the most effective therapies medicine has to offer.
About the Author
Ronald L. Hoffman,M.D., is recognized as one of America's foremost complementary medicine practitioners. He is founder and medical director of the Hoffman Center in New York City, author of numerous books and articles for the public and health professionals, and is host of the popular nationally syndicated radio program "Health Talk." He is active in several medical professional orgnizations and is the immediate past president of the country's largest organization of complementary and alternative doctors, the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) Dr. Hoffman received his medical degrees from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He subsequently attended the Tri-State School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and optained New York State certification to perform acupuncture. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and is a certified nutrition specialist