How We Do Harm

How We Do Harm

A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

Book - 2012
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How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of health care today--the overtreatment of the rich, the undertreatment of the poor; the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians provide; the insurance companies that don't demand the best (or even the lease expensive) care; and the pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm. Dr. Otis Brawley is the chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society and an oncologist with a dazzling clinical, research, and policy career. How We Do Harm pulls back the curtain on how medicine is really practiced in America. Brawley tells of doctors who select treatment based on payment they will receive, rather than on demonstrated scientific results; hospitals and pharmaceutical companies that seek out patients to treat even if they are not actually ill (but as long as their insurance will pay); a public primed to swallow the latest pill, no matter the cost; and rising healthcare costs for unnecessary--and often unproven--treatments that we all pay for. Brawley calls for rational health care, health care drawn from results-based, scientifically justifiable treatments, and not just the peddling of hot new drugs. Brawley's personal history--from a childhood in the gang-ridden streets of black Detroit to the green hallways of Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in the UNited States, to the boardrooms of the American Cancer Society--results in a passionate view of medicine and the politics of illness in America and a deep understanding of heath care today.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250015761
Characteristics: vi, 304 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Goldberg, Paul 1959-


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Dec 28, 2015

Wonderfully written book, from a doctor who takes his Hippocratic oath seriously. Dr. Brawley pulls back the veil on the myriad conflicts of interest and shortcomings inherent in the current cancer treatment system, and the vagaries in treatment that result. While focused on cancer, the concerns and findings laid out in this book extend to the entire health field.
I highly recommend this book to anyone - regardless of their current health situation, or that of their family members.
Knowledge is a powerful thing, and you will be a much better advocate for your health, and the health of loved ones, after reading this book.

Sep 30, 2013

Read this book! If you trust the medical profession to have your best interests at heart, you must read this book.

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