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Why Doctors Can't Guarantee Success

Basic Books

We're often cautioned not to think of doctors as something like gods.  But they do hold the power of life and death over us in extreme cases. 

And one member of the fraternity points out just how much can go wrong, in the book Snowball in a Blizzard

Dr. Steven Hatch says admitting the murkiness in both diagnosis and prognosis can go a long way to improving health decisions by doctor and patient.  Dr. Hatch teaches at a medical school in Massachusetts; he joins us by phone. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.