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Random acts of medicine : the hidden forces that sway doctors, impact patients, and shape our health / Anupam B. Jena and Christopher Worsham.

Jena, Anupam B., (author.). Worsham, Christopher, (author.).

"Why do kids born in the summer get diagnosed more often with A.D.H.D.? How are marathons harmful for your health, even when you're not running? What do surgeons and salesmen have in common? Which annual event made people 30 percent more likely to contract COVID-19? As a University of Chicago-trained economist and Harvard medical school professor and doctor, Anupam Jena is uniquely equipped to answer these questions. And as a critical care doctor at Massachusetts General who researches health care policy, Christopher Worsham confronts its impact on the hospital's sickest patients. In this singular work of science and medicine, Jena and Worsham work together to reveal the hidden side of medicine, and its effect on everyone that touches the health care system. Relying on ingeniously devised natural experiments-random events that unknowingly turn us into experimental subjects-Jena and Worsham do more than offer readers colorful stories. They help us see the way our health is shaped by forces invisible to the untrained eye. Do you choose the veteran doctor or the rookie? Do you take the appointment on Monday or on Friday? Do you get the procedure now or wait a week? These questions are rife with significance; their impact can be life changing. In a style that's animated and enlightening, this book empowers you to see past the white coat and find out what really makes medicine work-and how it could work better"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780385548816
  • ISBN: 0385548818
  • ISBN: 9780593468104
  • ISBN: 0593468104
  • Physical Description: 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Our lives are woven in a fabric of chance -- Natural experiments -- Why are kids with summer birthdays more likely to get the flu? -- Tom Brady, ADHD, and a really bad headache -- Are marathons hazardous to your health? -- What happens when all the cardiologists leave town? -- Big doctor is watching -- What do cardiac surgeons and used car salesman have in common? -- What makes a good doctor? -- Politics at the bedside.
Subject: Medicine > Research.
Observation (Scientific method)
Empirical Research.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 616.007 (Text) 33062009766115 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 10/06/2023

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