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Islander's book helps patients navigate medical crises

Island author Andrew Schorr’s book helps people navigate during medical crises. - Contributed Image
Island author Andrew Schorr’s book helps people navigate during medical crises.
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From his Internet home audio studio on Mercer Island, Andrew Schorr has interviewed hundreds of patients and world-renowned experts. Based on that and his own journey as a 15-year leukemia survivor, Schorr has just released a breakthrough guide to help patients unlock the best health information online and discuss it productively with their doctor.

“The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis” is a must-have tool for anyone diagnosed with a serious illness and others wishing to have a strong plan to face a medical crisis if and when it arises.

Renowned physicians welcome the book, including the acting chairman of orthopaedics at the University of Washington. Dr. Jens Chapman said, “Andrew has used the positive aspects of the Web — first to connect people with his Patient Power programs and now with this book — to filter the near endless collective human knowledge into serviceable portions. He is helping health care by bringing informed patients and their health care providers closer together.”

Schorr writes about his own personal experience with getting help online to fight his cancer as well as other conditions family members have faced. The reader will also learn from the success stories of people of all different age groups and health concerns. Beyond learning how to navigate to useful, even life-saving information, the book coaches readers how to use what they’ve learned to feel more in control in their discussions with their doctor. The book is now available on amazon.com. An author night will be held at Island Books on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. Schorr, who will be joined by several leading medical experts, will speak about “Web-Savvy” strategies for patients and sign copies of the book.

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