The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System

The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System

by Nortin M. Hadler


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The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System by Nortin M. Hadler

Have you had it with celebrity gurus offering miracle cures? Are you sick of being treated like a diseased time bomb? Finally, someone has the courage to address the tough questions about our health care. In The Last Well Person Dr Nortin Hadler cuts through the medical white noise with his trademark tough love: Heart bypass surgery: Usually a waste of money, time, and energy, Treatment for prostate cancer: Does more harm than good, Testing for breast cancer: Not always effective, Chronic pain: See your therapist, not your pharmacist.

Dr Hadler skewers a self-serving medical industry and shows that constant monitoring and unnecessary intervention turn healthy people into patients. Sick with worry, we are a culture panicked over unfounded illnesses. The Last Well Person offers practical solutions on to, cs including aging, obesity, diabetes, and back problems. If you're not afraid of seeing conventional wisdom overturned by hard facts, if you're ready to educate yourself and trust your own judgment, you are ready for Dr Hadler.

About the Author:
Nortin M. Hadler has lectured widely in North America and abroad and testified before the U.S. Congress and U.S. Social Security Board

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773532540
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 04/18/2007
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nortin M. Hadler is professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and attending rheumatologist, University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     3
The Methuselah Complex     9
Interventional Cardiology and Kindred Delusions     17
Fats, Fads, and Fate     35
You and Your Colon     65
Breast Cancer and How the Women's Movement Got It Wrong     77
Prostate Envy     92
Worried Sick     101
Musculoskeletal Predicaments     107
Medicalization of the "Worried Well"     128
Turning Aging into a Disease     146
Health Hazards in the Hateful Job     166
Why Are Alternative and Complementary Therapies Thriving?     177
Epilogue: A Ripe Old Age     201
Annotated Readings     207
Bibliography     263
Index     301

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