Patient from Hell: How I Worked with my Doctors to get the Best of Modern Medicine and How you Can Too

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In the bewildering days after diagnosis of a severe disease, patients learn two daunting facts: One, no doctor has all the answers, and two, there are no answers, only odds. For readers (and their families) who want to be involved in the key choices regarding treatment, Dr. Schneider is the ideal guide. A climate scientist, his life's work is decision making in the face of great uncertainty. This important book is both his own gripping story of working with his doctors to get the best treatment possible, and also a brilliant critique of the flawed system under which doctors must now operate. "Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can bring out the best or the worst in patients.... For Stephen H. Schneider, Ph.D. it brought out the fighter.... The story is compelling.... It offers a number of positive and useful messages for patients enduring chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments." (Journal of the American Medical Association) "Compelling...a frightening medical adventure." (Donald Kennedy, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of Science)

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"As a fellow lymphoma patient, I found this book indispensable. But it is also tremendously useful for anyone who interacts with doctors - which means everyone. Schneider shows how to talk back to your doctor politely and begin the conversation that might save your life." (Jonathan Alter, Newsweek)

"Congratulations on your exceptional manuscript -- and even more, for the extraordinary personal journey it portrays. I prefer to think you are the model for "the empowered patient" rather than "the patient from Hell." As a physician, my patients from Hell were the ones in denial about their illness who failed to take any responsibility for their care or follow up, and you are the opposite." (Harvey Fineberg, MD, Ph.D. President, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences()

"This is a compelling story of a frightening medical adventure. Although few of us will bring Steve Schneider's scientific skills to such an experience, there's a lesson for all of us: be your own advocate, question everything, and don't take less than a clear answer." (Donald Kennedy, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief Science, former Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration)

"Both I and my wife [a cancer survivor] find this book terrific. In many ways, it is without precedent." (Gary Schoolnik, Professor and Chief, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine)

About the Author:

Stephen H. Schneider, Ph.D., is Professor of Biological Science at Stanford University, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship winner, and author of major works on climate change and the environment. He has written for and his works have been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and London Times.

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