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The Bookshelf: Sept. 27, 2016

In this week’s Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Assumptions Can Mislead.

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ASSUMPTIONS CAN MISLEAD: Failures in Health Care and Elsewhere

by M. C. Dye

Psychiatric nursing practitioner Dye offers an investigation and explanation of the ideas of the late researcher and theorist Ida Orlando. … This collection of telling anecdotes reveals how Orlando’s theory offers solid solutions for dilemmas that might otherwise be difficult to solve speedily and efficiently. Unfortunately, many medical professionals rely on predetermined notions rather than closely attending to patients’ stories, which can lead to inaccurate or missed misdiagnoses. These narratives, mostly written in a clear, succinct style, reveal how applying Orlando’s approach can be exceptionally effective not only in the health care arena, but in other areas of professional engagement and everyday life. … An often interesting exposition of the health care methods of a gifted practitioner by her seasoned student and colleague.

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