Making the Most of the Doctor’s Visit

  • Anne M. Lipton
  • Cindy D. Marshall


Every patient and family has a story. In this chapter, we present some effective ways of sharing yours. The last chapter prepared you for the doctor’s visit. Here, we help you make the most of it once you’ve arrived. And, being there is essential. Someone with memory loss (or similar problems) should have someone responsible with them to act as a patient advocate. Otherwise, the physician may not receive an accurate history (upon which the correct diagnosis depends) or the patient may forget essential matters, such as medication instructions.


Memory Loss Chief Concern Visuospatial Skill Family Visit Accurate History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne M. Lipton
    • 1
  • Cindy D. Marshall
    • 2
  1. 1.Diplomate in NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyBuffalo GroveUSA
  2. 2.Memory Center, Baylor Neuroscience CenterBaylor University Medical CenterDallasUSA

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