The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise their Promise to Heal

The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise their Promise to Heal

by M. Gregg Bloche

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The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise their Promise to Heal by M. Gregg Bloche

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're endangering patients, veiling moral choices behind the language of science and, at times, compromising our liberties. In The Hippocratic Myth, Dr. M. Gregg Bloche marshals his expertise in medicine and the law to expose how:

*Doctors are pushed into acting both as caregivers and cost-cutters, compromising their fidelity to patients

*Politics keeps doctors from giving war veterans the help they need

*Insurers and hospital administrators pressure doctors to discontinue life-saving treatment, even when patients and family members object

*Medicine has become a weapon in America's battles over abortion, child custody, criminal responsibility, and the rights of gays and lesbians

*The war on terror has exploited clinical psychology to inflict harm

Challenging, provocative, and insightful, The Hippocratic Myth breaks the code of silence and issues a powerful warning about the need for doctors to forge a new compact with patients and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230117945
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 371 KB

About the Author

M. Gregg Bloche is an award-winning health policy expert and a professor of law at Georgetown University. He has written for the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other leading publications and has appeared on 60 Minutes, NBC, CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, and more. Bloche, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write The Hippocratic Myth was a health care advisor to President Obama's 2008 campaign and a consultant to the World Health Organization.
M. Gregg Bloche is an award-winning health policy expert and a professor of law at Georgetown University. He has written for the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other leading publications and has appeared on 60 Minutes, NBC, CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, and more. Bloche, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write The Hippocratic Myth was a health care advisor to President Obama’s 2008 campaign and a consultant to the World Health Organization.

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