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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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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The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Scrabblenut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This excellent book was a real eye-opener. It contains a lot of statistics which are a bit hard to get through sometimes, but the main message is clear - do all you can to avoid being a "patient" when you are experiencing the normal aches and pains of aging. Some treatments are far worse than the supposed "disease", and the medical and pharmaceutical industries have a lot to gain by medicalizing aging. One shocking example is bone scans and diagnosing osteoporosis - the treatment for supposed osteoporosis does very little to prevent fractures and is far worse than the disease.Doctors and patients both should read this book.
RichardMA More than 1 year ago
The two very recent studies that confirm that prostate PSA screening is a waste of time and money, often leading to unnecessary, expensive and crippling procedures, were forecast in detail in this book. The greatest crime of all is the 500,000 US heart bypass operations each year, hugely invasive and expensive procedures, none of which should be performed. Lifestyle (diet, exercise) changes, drugs and/or stents work as well, are far safer and cost a fraction of these open-heart surgeries. Fosamax and similar 'bone drugs' for women? A colossal fraud. Marketing and profits have replaced any concern for our welfare. Our US health care bill this year will be about 2.4 TRILLION dollars, at least half of it totally wasted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Difficult, conceptually ,in places but a truly amazing, eye-opening mind-expanding experience. You'll never view healthcare the same way again. At the pinnacle of medicine himself ,yet the author is perhaps one of it's most analytic critics.