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The Right Questions

How Doctors ThinkA new book by noted medical writer Jerome Groopman, about how doctors make decisions, showcases the diagnostic acumen of DMS alumnus Myron Falchuk. As this excerpt reveals, sometimes asking the right questions is more important than having the right answers.

By Jerome Groopman, M.D.

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Jerome Groopman is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and the author of several books, including The Anatomy of Hope and The Measure of Our Days. He is also the chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, as well as the Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The story related here was excerpted from his newest book, How Doctors Think, published by Houghton Mifflin Company. It is copyright © 2007 by Jerome Groopman and is reprinted here with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company; all rights are reserved.

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