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The Last Well Person by Nortin M. Hadler
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Jun 02, 12

bookshelves: read-2012, med-lite, philosophyofmedicine
Read on June 02, 2012

Required reading, but a little on the heavy side so let's call it required reading for college graduates. Beyond the usual swats at the current state of medical "science", brings in philosophy of science with Popper and more, and sociology of health too. However, where the swats leave one feeling helpless and the sociology is usually lacking in guidance, this book advises on how to take this information into practice in order to be "the last well person.". Unfortunately, it requires knowing the medical science at least as well as the doctors, which is why this is only a solution for those able to read on a higher level. In order to stay on top of the kinds of topics he discusses (pacemakers in the elderly would be an example of something that may have exploded after this book was written) a good place to start IMHO is the longer health articles of the New York Times.
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