Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them by Joe and Teresa Graedon, authors of “The People’s Pharmacy” syndicated column, is a book everyone who would like to survive a possible hospital stay should read. The impetus for this book was the tragic death of Joe’s mother 92-year old mother after a hospital resident gave her Demerol despite a warning in her chart to avoid narcotics. Joe Graedon is a retired pharmacologist and his wife is a medical anthropologist.
Their book includes a very helpful list of ten ways to prevent medical errors as well as many other examples of possible life saving advice in encounters with the medical establishment.
A second very helpful book that should be on every patient’s shelf is How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, M.D. According to the book descripton on Amazon.com: