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How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor: A Handbook for Parents [Paperback]

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Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.95" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 27, 2008
Publisher   Prometheus Books
ISBN  1591026199  
EAN  9781591026198  

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A two-year-old develops a nasty cough and after experiencing breathing problems, his concerned parents take him to the emergency room. The doctor on call diagnoses his symptoms as croup, prescribes treatment, but days later the cough is no better. After another trip to the emergency room, x-rays, respiratory therapy, and treatment for asthma, the little boy still cannot shake his cough and breathing difficulties. Finally, two weeks later, the family doctor suggests an examination by an ear-nose-and-throat specialist. Using a bronchoscope, the specialist finds a small piece of plastic from a toy lodged in the edge of the child's trachea. After removing the obstruction, the boy returns to normal within a day. In fact, he never had croup or asthma.
Could this lengthy, frustrating experience have been avoided?
In this illuminating guide to communicating with your child's doctor, pediatrician Christopher M. Johnson shows parents how to talk more effectively to their doctors about their children's health. Johnson takes the nonmedical layperson into the mindset of the physician examining a sick child for the first time. He demonstrates how doctors evaluate symptoms, interpret answers to their questions, and decide on a course of treatment. The book invites and then empowers parents to join their child's doctor as a partner in the diagnostic and therapeutic process. Each chapter ends with a communication checklist to help parents find the right words while visiting the doctor.

Dr. Johnson covers the following topics:
The medical history and why it is so important
How and why the doctor examines your child
How a doctor uses lab tests
How a doctor arrives at a diagnosis
Time-honored medical wisdom that all doctors rely on
The difference between specific treatments and supportive care when a diagnosis is uncertain
Consulting specialists along with the family physician
The final chapter encourages the reader to become a sort of "junior doctor" by presenting several real-life cases and challenging the reader to work through the problem as a physician would.
This jargon-free and completely accessible guidebook will enable you to assist your child's doctor in the vital work of effectively caring for your child in health and illness.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher M. Johnson, MD, MA (Santa Fe, NM), is a pediatrician in private practice at Pediatric Intensive Care Associates, PC. Formerly, he was employed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He is the author of Your Critically Ill Child: Life and Death Choices Parents Must Face, which was selected by Library Journal for its Best Consumer Health Books of 2007. For more about author Christopher Johnson, visit

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A guide for parents who want to ensure they get their doctor's best for the sake of their child  Oct 9, 2008
When it comes to one's child, communication should not be an issue. "How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor: A Handbook for Parents" is a guide for parents who want to ensure they get their doctor's best for the sake of their child. Seeking to conserve time and avoid the bureaucracy of the medical profession, the ideas laid within are there to help parents speed along while not sacrificing quality. "How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor" is a must for parents who want to help their doctor help their child.
Tremendous insight & an excellent resource  Sep 8, 2008
Dr. Christopher Johnson is back with a new book, 'How To Talk To Your Child's Doctor', and was kind enough to speak with me again about how it came to be.

Dr. Johnson's first book,'Your Critically Ill Child - Life and Death Choices Parents Must Face, was a Library Journal pick for their list of Best Consumer Health Books of 2007, and I was very impressed imagining how helpful it would be for parents in unimaginable crisis.

But 'How To Talk To Your Child's Doctor' is for everyone. I'll have to concede that it's geared towards parents, but anyone looking to know how doctors think will be able to use this vastly helpful book in advocating for the patient - whether that be their child or themselves. It's fascinating, well organized, and should be handed out with that little freebie diaper bag they give you at the hospital with your new baby.

I really do consider this a must-read for parents of children of all ages and for anyone else who'd like to feel less of an outsider while sitting in that lovely paper gown.

You can hear our podcast interview at PsychJourney dot com.

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