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The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise their Promise to Heal
When we're ill, we trust in doctors to put our well-being first. But medicine's expanding capability and soaring costs are putting this promise at risk. Increasingly, society is calling upon physicians to limit care and to use their skills on behalf of health plan bureaucrats, public officials, national security, and courts of law. And doctors are answering this call. They ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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An amazing and eye-opening perspective on the way medicine is practiced in this country. The author is an M.D., an attorney, a professor, and was an advisor to the white house on healthcare. It is a bit disconcerting, but a good dose of reality. When doctors have to act as both a caregiver and a servant to politics, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies, there is a risk of compromising the Hippocratic Oath. My Dan has practiced medicine for over 35 years and he often says "who would ...more
For people like me who are truly interested in health policy and maybe a few others who are interested in the interaction of politics and medicine. Not really for the average reader. Very interesting chapter on the use of medical/psychological professionals in the development and implementation of interrogation of terror suspects.