Finding a snowball in a blizzard might be a little easier than identifying a drop of water in the ocean, but barely. In Snowball in a Blizzard, Dr. Steven Hatch wants us to understand that when we get a medical diagnosis — and even when we get a treatment — there’s a lot of blind guesswork involved. (He might have called in “Pin the tail on the treatment.”) But that’s not to say it’s doom and gloom. It’s just that false confidence in certainty could lead to errors in judgment. Dr. Hatch wants physicians and patients to embrace uncertainty, and tell themselves the truth in order to get to better answers.
Hatch’s Snowball in a Blizzard is “both humbling and empowering” with an emphasis on the latter. Here’s what a few people are saying:
- “highly recommended for health-care professionals, health-conscious patients, and well-informed consumer health readers.”—Library Journal, starred review
- “Hatch is highly informed and makes plain that good medicine is a true partnership between patient and doctor”—New York Journal of Books
- “deconstructs the uncertainty in the practice of medicine—from diagnosis to treatment to media coverage—as well as this important topic has ever been tackled.”—Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now