When Doctors Don't Listen

Diagnosis — once the cornerstone of medicine — is fast becoming a lost art, despite aggressive testing that is often unnecessary and can sometimes be harmful. In a talk about her new book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, Dr. Leana Wen empowers patients to engage with their doctors as partners, and avoid the “cookbook diagnoses” that often fail to explain a package of symptoms. The book helps patients paint a full picture of their illness at a medical appointment, deal with doctors who don’t seem to be listening, and get a working diagnosis at the end of every visit. Book signing immediately following.

Speakers: Leana Wen, Joanne Kenen
Festival: Spotlight Health 2015

Watch and Listen: Health

Women with early-stage breast cancer may not need any chemotherapy. That’s the treatment-transforming finding from just... See more
Illness and death are universal challenges, but not something we anticipate in our 30s. Kate Bowler and Lucy Kalanithi... See more
College presents opportunities for students to test their wings, explore new relationships, pursue their personal best... See more
Over the past 20 years, almost 200,000 children under age 18 have been shot. Nearly as many attend schools where a... See more
Rural residents photograph ailing chickens to monitor the spread of Avian flu, mountaineer adventurers collect scat... See more
Racial segregation and uneven access to opportunity are powerful obstacles to upward mobility in the US, contributing... See more

Pages