The answers a great many questions you may feel hesitant in asking your doctor if you have one, and provides a great many points to be considered in choosing one. If you do not. The purpose of the book is not to diagnose or prescribe, but to show you how to get the best medical care and better ""patient-doctor communication."" In so doing, Dr. Potter, plainspoken in his approach and liberal in his point of view, informs and disabuses as he considers many things; the qualifications of the doctor (and how you can determine them), his ethical and legal responsibilities; diagnostic methods; doctors' fees; doctors' calls (phone, house, or office); questions which embarrass many patients with fuller answers; hospitals (admission, care, personnel); medical care plans, group practice, insurance; affiliated problems- tension and typical conflicts; the aged; death; and finally the hazier, shadier aspects of healing- from faith cures to cults- which have attracted and gulled the innocent through the ages... Excellent, astringent, level, rather than reverential, guidance.