9780226104706

Death Foretold : Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226104706

  • ISBN10:

    0226104702

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-02-01
  • Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PRESS
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Summary

This groundbreaking book explains prognosis from the perspective of doctors, examining why physicians are reluctant to predict the future, how doctors use prognosis, the symbolism it contains, and the emotional difficulties it involves. Drawing on his experiences as a doctor and sociologist, Nicholas Christakis interviewed scores of physicians and searched dozens of medical textbooks and medical school curricula for discussions of prognosis in an attempt to get to the core of this nebulous medical issue that, despite its importance, is only partially understood and rarely discussed.

Author Biography

Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine and sociology at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Prognosis In Medicine
1(29)
Making Use Of Prognosis
30(34)
Error and Accountability in Prognostication
64(20)
Professional Norms Regarding Prognostication
84(23)
Telling Patients Their Prognosis
107(28)
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
135(28)
The Ritualization of Optimism and Pessimism
163(16)
A Duty To Prognosticate
179(22)
Appendix 1 Original Sources Of Data 201(8)
Appendix 2 Detailed Survey Experiment Results 209(20)
Acknowledgments 229(4)
Notes 233(50)
Bibliography 283(26)
Index 309

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