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Critical Decisions

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Critical Decisions

How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together

By Peter A. Ubel

HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780062103826, 360pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2012


As a physician and a social scientist, Peter Ubel is unparalleled in his understanding of some of the most important decisions we are facing, or will face. Dan Ariely, New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational

His ideas are important, his style is accessible (with the right balance of humor and compassion) and his topic is timely. Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness and host of This Emotional Life

All too often, problems in communication between a doctor and patient can lead to bad medical decisions. As a practicing physician and a behavioral scientist, Dr. Peter Ubel has a unique understanding of this dangerous situation and in Critical Decisions he addresses the problem while revealing a new revolution in medical decision-making. Critical Decisions combines eye-opening medical stories with groundbreaking behavioral science research, while offering important information and common sense solutions to promote better doctor/patient relationships thereby ensuring that the right decision will be made in life-saving medical situations.

Praise For Critical Decisions

“Decisions affecting our health and our loved ones’ are some of the most important that we make. As a physician and social scientist, Peter Ubel is unparalleled in his understanding of the influences that guide our medical decisions, and here he shows us how we can make better decisions.”
-Dan Ariely, bestselling author of The Honest Truth About Disohnesty and Predictably Irrational

“Written with clarity and a touch of humor, this is a quick and thoughtful read, a good choice for patients, and a must for medical professionals.”
-Library Journal

“Ubel’s advice for doctors is solid, and his suggestions for patients are equally sage.”