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Title The truth about big medicine : righting the wrongs for better health care / [edited by] Cheryl L. Brown and John T. James.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]


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 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  344.0414 BROWN    Check Shelf
Description xxii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Many Americans believe that their healthcare is second to none. Most patients, therefore, fail to appreciate the flaws and dangers present while receiving medical care. In fact, the American healthcare industry is one of the great tragedies of this country, which is now being brought to its knees by the medical industry run amuck. The Truth About Big Medicine: Righting the Wrongs for Better Healthcare divulges secrets of the industry, which keep it focused on its own economic needs to the detriment of public health. The cost of American healthcare per person far exceeds other developed countries, yet it delivers life expectancies and infant mortalities that are ranked shamefully low among developed nations. Special interest groups and weak legislation created a "tapeworm" that continues to devour the American economy and shorten the lives of hundreds of thousands each year. Using true stories throughout, the authors illustrate that it is time for the public, students, educators, and legislators to recognize medical deception and secrecy, and to consider clear solutions on how they can achieve a safer healthcare system. A rich variety of authors with experience in revealing unsafe medical practices bring recommendations for changing healthcare delivery by taking an aspect of the healthcare system, identifying its shortcomings, and proposing ways to reduce harm plus correct the injustices. Included are discussions of imaging, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, hospital practices and procedures, and medical malpractice and negligence, among other topics. No consumer of health care should ignore the dangers inherent in the system; this book helps reveal them and suggests useful remedies."--Jacket.
Contents Introduction : The empowered patient / John T. James and Cheryl L. Brown -- The failure of state medical boards to protect the public / Yanling Yu -- Secrets of the National Practitioner Data Bank and the failure of medical licensing boards, hospitals, and the legal system to protect the public from dangerous physicians / Robert E. Oshel -- Failure and successes of physician peer and performance review / Gerald Rogan -- Dangerous medical devices / John T. James and Stephen S. Tower -- A contemporary review of health care-associated infections / Daniel M. Saman -- Oversight of physician offices : Dr. Welby or Dr. Applebee? / Evelyn V. McKnight -- Prescription drugs : to heal and to harm / John T. James -- After the harm : apology, disclosure, and trust / Cheryl Brown -- The consumer advocates who kicked the hospital-infection nest / Lisa McGiffert -- Medical guidelines and informed consent : routes to safer medical care / Denise Lasater, Cheryl Brown and John T. James -- Medical imaging : does it help? / Kiran Sagar.
Subject Medical policy -- United States.
Malpractice -- United States.
Clinical competence -- United States.
Medical errors -- United States -- Prevention.
Medical care -- Standards -- United States.
Malpractice. (DNLM)D008318
Clinical Competence. (DNLM)D002983
Medical Errors -- prevention & control. (DNLM)D019300Q000517
Peer Review, Health Care -- standards. (DNLM)D018024Q000592
Licensure, Medical -- standards. (DNLM)D008007Q000592
Truth Disclosure. (DNLM)D014342
United States. (DNLM)D014481
Clinical competence. (OCoLC)fst00864347
Malpractice. (OCoLC)fst01006824
Medical care -- Standards. (OCoLC)fst01013862
Medical errors -- Prevention. (OCoLC)fst01014080
Medical policy. (OCoLC)fst01014505
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Brown, Cheryl L., 1961- author, editor.
James, John T., author, editor.
ISBN 9781442231603 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1442231602 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781442231610 (electronic)
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