Proposing the patient-doctor relationship that was central in traditional medicine be brought back to the center of the healthcare system, this history observes how the high cost of technology-based care has caused an economic squeeze through wasteful and ineffective practices. Targeting habits of wrong tests and treatments by specialists, as well as the overriding role technology has come to hold in medical care, the ideas offered here are based on 60 years of medical practice and aim to humanize treatment to help reduce unnecessary spending and regain a happier and healthier society.
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About the Author
Dr. Norman Makous spent sixty years providing personal care to his cardiology patients from the late 1940s into the early 21st Century. After extensive training and service in the Navy, he started private practice in Kansas City and moved to Philadelphia. He held appointments for many years on the faculties of both the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Thomas Jefferson Medical University. Dr. Makous has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association of Pennsylvania, as well as many other awards. He also served on the boards of several government and health insurance advisory groups. He is the author of many professional articles. His first book, The Road Taken: My Life and Times, was published in 2006 by TowPath Publications. Dr. Makous was married for fifty-four years to Dorothy Bowlin Makous, until she died in 2003. They have ten children and nineteen grandchildren. He is married to Eleanor Sullivan and lives in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
About Bruce Makous
Bruce Makous is a published author as well as a healthcare fundraiser noted in The NonProfit Times as one of the most “Influential and Effective Fundraisers in the US for 2009.” He is the author of two commercially published novels, including Riding the Brand, 2004, which received coverage in The Wall Street Journal because of its indictment of the venture capital industry for operating like organized crime. (www.brucemakous.com) Bruce is an enthusiastic supporter of the writing of his father, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.