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Hope or Hype : the Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises.

Author: Deyo, Richard A.; Donald L Patrick
Publisher: AMACOM Books 2005.
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Hope or Hype' looks at what drives the American obsession with medical "miracles," revealing the roles of: equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; doctors and hospitals too quick to order surgery or expensive medications; the politicians; the press; and our own "technoconsumption" mindset.
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Genre/Form: Electronic resource
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Deyo, Richard A.; Donald L Patrick
ISBN: 128112625X 9781281126252 9780814428597 0814428592
OCLC Number: 748521033
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
TOC36;Contents --
Preface58; Disillusioned Insiders --
Acknowledgments --
Part I Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing63; The Hazards of Uncritically Embracing Medical Advances --
CH36;1 Whats the Problem63;58; Dont We Need Lifesaving New Treatments63; --
CH36;2 Medical Innovations and American Culture58; The Call of the Sirens --
CH36;3 Why More Isnt Always Better58; Red Herrings44; Side Effects44; and Superbugs --
CH36;4 Why Newer Isnt Always Better58; Unpleasant Surprises44; Recalls44; and Learning Curves --
CH36;5 Social Hazards58; What We Lose by Uncritical Use of New Treatments --
Part II How Things Really Work58; Opinion Makers and Regulators of Medical Advances --
CH36;6 What Will You Swallow63;58; How Drug Companies Get You to Buy More Expensive Drugs Than You May Need --
CH36;7 Making Friends44; Playing Monopoly44; and Dirty Tricks58; Other Industry Strategies --
CH36;8 Stacking the Deck63;58; How to Get the 8220;Right8221; Answer in Clinical Research --
CH36;9 8220;Cancer Cured45;Film at 1158;008221;58; The Medias Role in Disseminating Medical Advances --
CH36;10 Doctors and Hospitals58; Fueling the Drive for New and More --
CH36;11 Advocacy Groups58; Mother Teresas Waiting Room --
CH36;12 Holes in the Safety Net58; The FDA and the FTC --
Part III Useless44; Harmful44; or Marginal58; Popular Treatments That Caused Unnecessary Disability44; Dollar Costs44; or Death --
CH36;13 Ineffective44; Inferior44; or Needlessly Costly New Drugs --
CH36;14 Medical Devices That Disappoint --
CH36;15 Ineffective or Needlessly Extensive Surgery --
CH36;16 Weight Loss Technology58; Shedding Pounds from Your Waistline or Your Wallet63; --
Part IV Crossing the Threshold58; Improving the Transition from 8220;Experimental8221; to 8220;Standard Care8221; --
CH36;17 For Doctors58; Evidence45;Based Medicine --
CH36;18 For Insurers and Researchers58; Pay Now or Pay More Later --
CH36;19 For All Decision Makers58; Getting Value for Money --
CH36;20 For Government58; Regulatory Approaches to Improve the Dissemination of Medical Innovations --
CH36;21 For Consumers58; Shared Decision Making --
References --
IDX36;Index --
About the Authors --
Last Page.

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Hope or Hype' looks at what drives the American obsession with medical "miracles," revealing the roles of: equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; doctors and hospitals too quick to order surgery or expensive medications; the politicians; the press; and our own "technoconsumption" mindset.

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