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Mar 4, 2008
Book Review: "YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment," Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz

When I bought the book "YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment," by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz a few years ago I had no idea Mehmet Oz or "Doctor Oz" would soon be the hot new guest on Oprah, giving cheery advice on every personal health topic (from the common sense stuff to the unspeakable) on national television. Enjoying his frank yet endearing personality, however, has only made the book more satisfying.

And that's why my review of this book is full of praise. Anyone that can write a book that includes list of health resources, worst case medical scenarios, medical jargon, and surgery preparation tips -and still be amusing, is to be commended.

First off, the book is loaded with the kind of information that we all need, but don't exactly want to curl up with and read. So it is all provided for the reader in little doses with inventive layouts. Humorous clipart and cartoons, tip boxes, a resource portion and the wacky humor throughout all the subject matter actually entertains the reader.

There was a conscious decision to have this book be designed with the average person in mind, so it looks and reads more like your favorite consumer magazine than a medical journal.

The quality of the book doesn't end with the fun-looking pages, however. The content is superb. "YOU: The Smart Patient" tells you exactly how to become you own "medical detective" by looking more closely at your family tree and keeping track of your medical information in a journal at the back of the book.

The book is written in conjunction with The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, so there the reader doesn't have to worry about author bias in their advice.

"YOU: The Smart Patient" is also packed with great checklists for you or whoever who may accompany you on medical visits or hospital stays. It provides clear-cut reminders, like how to confirm with your surgeon which body part is being treated, what medications you have an allergy to, and how to verify that your prescription drugs are the accurate, since so many medications sound alike.

It goes on to advise one on finding the right doctor, hospital, and insurance company, working with specialists, how to be your nurse's favorite patient, alternative medicine, pain management, and understanding why doctors may look a little tired sometimes.

"YOU: The Smart Patient" is a five-star book and the best $15 you will ever spend in managing our health, especially if you have a chronic illness!
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