A book aimed at improving doctor-patient communications. During her professional career, Maurer has discovered that many people are tongue-tied in a doctor's office. They often don't ask enough or the right kinds of questions and, whether intentionally or not, sometimes withhold information that might be helpful to the doctor. By the same token, doctors, because they are unaware of patients' specific problems or anxieties, often fail to give them information that might ease their minds about an illness or medical treatment. To ease that situation, she outlines some general questions to ask on routine office visits, as well as questions pertaining to specific illnesses. They also include practical questions concerning work, medical bills, and peripheral family problems that a serious illness or chronic condition might entail. Sections that explain medical tests, medications and hospitalization procedures prepare patients for what may be in store if illness strikes. A vocabulary of illness-related words and medical terms helps to clarify the complicated ""Medicalese"" that doctors and health professionals speak. A brief, helpful guide to review before a doctor's appointment, and to use as a reference for specific health-care information.