Risk Savy By Gerd Gigerenzer

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Thought Paper 2 Risk Savy by Gerd Gigerenzer was truly one of the most interesting books I have read in a classroom setting throughout my entire college career. Although it had little to do with advertising, the reasoning and logic behind each topic made the reader re-examine how they make decisions in everyday life. A topic Gigerenzer brought up multiple times throughout the book was the issues associated with malpractice. As the daughter of a heart disease patient, this struck close to home. My father has had four heart attacks, eight stints placed in his main arteries and open heart surgery. Reading through these chapters, the thought crossed my mind whether he may have encountered doctors practicing defense decision making. After reflecting on the book in class, the answer is that he must have. In a study where doctors and patients were administered surveys asking what decisions they would make in regards to medical treatment following a diagnosis, the doctor’s answered what they would recommend to their patients and then what they thought their patients would choose themselves. In general, the doctors selected a more conservative medical treatment for their choice for patients and a riskier medical treatment for what they believed patients should choose for themselves. 93% of them reported they did so due to fear of legal consequences (Planck, 2014). This study correlates precisely with what Girgerenzer warns against in his book, blindly trusting doctors’
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