Hippocrates' Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicineby David H. Newman
Pub. Date: 09/15/2009
"A clear-sighted, heartfelt, and humane story of the needless tests and treatments that cripple healthcare....as a guide to good medicine, it may help us get back to the essence of what good doctors do: be with patients in healing." Samuel Shem, M.D., author of The House of God and The Spirit of the Place In Hippocrates' Shadow, Dr. David H. Newman… See more details below
"A clear-sighted, heartfelt, and humane story of the needless tests and treatments that cripple healthcare....as a guide to good medicine, it may help us get back to the essence of what good doctors do: be with patients in healing." Samuel Shem, M.D., author of The House of God and The Spirit of the Place In Hippocrates' Shadow, Dr. David H. Newman upends our understanding of the doctor-patient relationship and offers a new paradigm of honesty and communication. He sees a disregard for the healing power of the bond that originated with Hippocrates, and, ultimately, a disconnect between doctors and their oath to"do no harm." Exposing the patterns of secrecy and habit in modern medicine's carefully protected subculture, Dr. Newman argues that doctors and patients cling to tradition and yield to demands for pills or tests. Citing fascinating studies that show why antibiotics for sore throats are almost always unnecessary; how cough syrup is rarely more effective than a sugar pill; and why CPR is violent, invasive and almost always futile, this thought-provoking book cuts to the heart of what really works, and what doesn't, in medicine.
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Table of Contents
SECRETS FROM THE HOUSE OF MEDICINE
1. We Don't Know
2. It Doesn't Work
3. We Don't Agree
4. We Don't Talk
5. We Prefer Tests
6. We Won't Unlearn (The Pseudoaxioms)
7. We're Missing the Meaning (The Placebo Paradox)
8. You're a Number (The "NNT")
9. A New Old Paradigm
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Recommended to me by my doctor, this book examines the growing chasm between doctor and patient, and the forces behind it. Surprisingly readable, this will open a dialog between you and your physician, and you'll both benefit.
I think it's important to remember that doctors are still people, and this book can help patients (and practitioners) to understand it, to keep the consultation process in perspective. As a Nutrition graduate, I will be working from both sides, as a practitioner and with clients in working with their doctors. This book has reminded me that protocols and medical information should be kept accessible and understandable to the client, not to make it all a great mystery known only to the privileged few... While the author seems to me to be a bit trite and overreaching in some of his statements, it may just be a personality conflict on my part.
For those of us who have begun to 'unplug from the matrix', this book is a reward for our courage. Doctors are not omniscient, and individuals need to become responsible for their health. It is sad to see a nation full of people who believe they can eat, drink or smoke their bodies into ill health, and then expect a Doctor give them a pill to 'fix' any problem.
I have a job in a profession where I am required to be current in my Red Cross CPR certification, and the chapter that deals with Dr. Newman's studies in regard to CPR blew my mind! I read that chapter five times.
The best part of this book is Dr. Newman's insight into the suffering on the part of the Doctors. I have not ever believed Doctors to be 'malicious' in their intention to cure everything; but, I had not realized that they have become just as frustrated and depressed as those of us trying to manage our health without pills and invasive, unnecessary tests. I have bought several copies of this book to give as gifts in the hope that more of us will 'unplug from the matrix' and take complete responsibility for our health.