How Contemporary American Medicine is Testing Us to Death

Bob Swerlick rswerli at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 22 22:01:02 UTC 2018


I read the article but not the book. think her basic premise has
substantial merit but the presentation is heavy handed. The Amazon reviews
of the book reflect this polarizing style. I recommend Risky Medicine by
Robert Aronowitz.

https://www.amazon.com/Risky-Medicine-Quest-Cure-Uncertainty/dp/022604971X

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 4:21 PM, Elias Peter <pheski69 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have read only the excerpt and not the full book, which I have just
> added to my ‘to read’ pile.  Based on the excerpt, I would say:
>
>
>    - she addresses some very important issues and makes some excellent
>    points, but...
>    - she sometimes blows past nuance and arrives at a rather extreme
>    phrasing ("...colonoscopies mimic an actual sexual assault. First the
>    patient is sedated—often with what is popularly known as the “date rape
>    drug,” Versed…”)
>    - she is not careful to differentiate among evidence-supported
>    screening, mis-use of screening, and preventive care, and
>    - she tends toward the use of straw man targets that are not actually
>    recommended.
>
>
> I wonder if the rest of the book is either more nuanced or more careful.
>
> Peter Elias, MD
>
>
> On 2018.04.12, at 2:36 PM, Mark Graber <Mark.Graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG>
> wrote:
>
> Everyone over age _______ (Fill in the blank after you read the article.
> Barbara herself is 76) should read this:
> *Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care*
> https://lithub.com/barbara-ehrenreich-why-im-giving-up-
> on-preventative-care/
>
>
> Mark L Graber MD FACP
> President, SIDM
> Senior Fellow, RTI International
> Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University
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