Can Medicine Be Cured?: The Corruption of a Profession
'A deeply fascinating and rousing book' Mail on Sunday.
'What makes this book a delightful, if unsettling read, is not just O'Mahony's scholarly and witty prose, but also his brutal honesty' The Times.
Seamus O'Mahony writes about the illusion of progress, the notio...more
Unfortunately, the book is larg ...more
I docked a star for chapter 9 though, an absolute mess of a chapter which barely fits the rest of ...more
As someone who knows very little about healthcare practices, bits of this book may have gone over my head but, moral of the story, we need to use what we have to make the world as it is a better place ...more
The NHS was never free, except to the unemployed. We contributed to the national insurance fund on top of our regular taxes. 9% as I remember, of an already meagre nurses' salary. I laughed heartily at the radio announcement that today is Lyme Dise ...more
The opening paragraph of the epilogue is a fitting summary of his entire argument:
"During the golden age, medical science gained huge prestige, and human life and death became medicalized. Despite its global dominance, the medical-industrial complex has given us meagre, feeble comforts at vast expense. Its chief concern is its own survival and continued dominance ...more
OḾahony now fills in the picture based on his own medical career, and the outcome is stunning. We cannot begin to fix the healthcare system before we understand what is wrong with it.
He made a big point of disparaging clinical use of flow charts and algorithms, on the basis it takes the individuality of the patient out of the case.
His concerns leave the lay reader with plenty of food for thought.
However I am not sure he's informed enough about neuroscience to be so dismissive of the use of fMRI.
He was also disparaging of doctors who en ...more