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Threatened with a rare and life-threatening cancer, a scientist works with his doctors to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. After patients are diagnosed with a dreaded disease, they learn two daunting facts: that no doctor has all the answers, and that there are no answers, only odds. For the patients (and their families) who want to be involved in the key choices regarding treatment, Stephen 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 care possible, and also a brilliant critique of the flawed system under which most doctors must now practice. The vital, even life-saving lessons of the books include: advice on obtaining and interpreting odds; how to seek better treatments that may not fit the usual "standard of care"; ways to get treated as a unique individual and not the mythical Average Patient; how to recognize the decisions that you, rather than the doctors must make; and, most important, how to build a partnership with a sometimes reluctant doctor.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780738210780
ISBN-10: 0738210781
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

Stephen H Schneider is Professor of Biological Science at Stanford, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship winner, and author of major works on climate change and environment. He has written for, and his work has been covered by, the Times, the New York Times and Washington Post. He has appeared on many TV shows including The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Books By Author Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather by Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather

Hardback, July 2011
Preparing for Climate Change by Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

Preparing for Climate Change

Hardback, October 2010
Scientists Debate Gaia by Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

Scientists Debate Gaia

Paperback, August 2008
Laboratory Earth by Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

Laboratory Earth

Paperback, September 1998