How to Be a Patient: The Essential Guide to Navigating the World of Modern Medicine

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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Sana Goldberg, RN, liaises between academia and clinical practice. She has worked with a diversity of patients across settings from the perspective of researcher, social worker, nurse, and provider. An outspoken public health advocate, she's presented at World Congress, TEDx Harvard, The Society for Neuroscience, and OPHA, with work published in Neuropharmacology, The European Journal of Neuroscience, and forthcoming in the Atlantic. She is the recipient of the Diamond Alumni Award, a member of the International Honor Society of Nursing, and the founder of Nightingale, a movement of story, art, and activism for health equity. She practices in New Haven, CT, while pursuing graduate studies at Yale.


"How to Be a Patient is an excellent guide for health care professionals and novices alike to maximize their chances of obtaining the best medical care possible. Whether you're healthy or experiencing chronic medical problems, young or old, male or female, there's a chapter for you. Reading the book and following the recommendations will provide the knowledge, confidence, and preparation required to ensure you receive the health care you deserve. " -- Robert Pearl, MD, bestselling author of Mistreated

"How to Be a Patient should be required reading for patients and health care providers alike. With keen attention the systemic failures and unconscious biases that make the medical system a minefield for so many patients, Goldberg offers eminently useful advice for navigating it. This book will leave you with answers to questions you didn't even know to ask." -- Maya Dusenbery, author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick

"An invaluable guidebook for patients and their loved ones: in short, all of us. Goldberg says above all, patients need agency--asking questions, expecting to be heard, educating themselves, and sometimes saying no--to get the care we all deserve."
-- Theresa Brown, RN, New York Times bestselling author of The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives.

"Easy to read and informative. How to Be a Patient offers a solid, straightforward resource for getting quality health care." -- Publishers Weekly

"With easily digestible truths and tools...[and] clear, swiftly delivered guidance...Goldberg ably navigates the contemporary pathways of health self-advocacy and empowers readers.... A plainspoken, universally applicable medical reference guide inspiring patient agency." -- Kirkus Reviews

"How to Be a Patient imparts little-known strategies for receiving optimal care and attention... [and] Goldberg's adeptness at storytelling brings a personal tone to a system that often seems to snub individual experience." -- Reediana