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Worried Sick A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America

ISBN-10: 0807831875
ISBN-13: 9780807831878
Edition: 2008
Authors: Nortin M. Hadler
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 6/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

At a time when access to health care in the United States is being widely debated, Nortin Hadler argues that an even more important issue is being overlooked. Although necessary health care should be available to all who need it, he says, the current health-care debate assumes that everyone requires massive amounts of expensive care to stay healthy. Hadler urges that before we commit to paying for whatever pharmaceutical companies and the medical establishment tell us we need, American consumers need to adopt an attitude of skepticism and arm themselves with enough information to make some of their own decisions about what care is truly necessary. Each chapter of Worried Sick is an object lesson regarding the uses and abuses of a particular type of treatment, such as mammography, colorectal screening, statin drugs, or coronary stents. For consumers and medical professionals interested in understanding the scientific basis for Hadler's arguments, each topical chapter has an accompanying source chapter in which Hadler discusses the medical literature and studies that inform his critique. According to Hadler, a major stumbling block to rational health-care policy in the United States is contention over the very concept of what constitutes good health. By learning to distinguish good medical advice from persuasive medical marketing, consumers can make better decisions about their personal health and use that wisdom to inform their perspectives on health-policy issues.

Acknowledgment
Introduction
The Methuselah Complex
The Heart of the Matter
Risky Business: Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, and Blood Pressure
You Are Not What You Eat
Gut Check
Breast Cancer Prevention: Screening the Evidence
The Beleaguered Prostate
Disease Mongering
Creakiness
It's in Your Mind
Aging Is Not a Disease
Working to Death
"Alternative" Therapies Are Not "Complementary"
Assuring Health, Insuring Disease
Supplementary Readings
Bibliography
About the Author
Index

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