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'The Smart Patient': How to Get the Best Care

From how they talk to doctors to what they read, patients can strongly influence the level of care they receive. A new book by two of America's top-ranked doctors offers ground rules and tips meant to help smooth the process. Dr. Mehmet Oz is a co-author of You: The Smart Patient.

Subtitled "An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment," the book lays out how to get better health care, from picking a doctor and a hospital to researching family history and treatments. Using anecdotes and wit, the book, which Dr. Oz wrote with Dr. Michael F. Roizen, an internist and anesthesiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, encourages patients to act as problem-solvers in their own interests.

Previously, the physicians wrote You : The Owner's Manual : An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger. Dr. Oz is also the author of Healing from the Heart. He serves as a professor and vice-chairman of surgery at New York's Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center.

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