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Hope or hype : the obsession with medical advances and the high cost of false promises

Author: Richard A Deyo; Donald L Patrick
Publisher: New York : AMACOM, American Management Association, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Looks at what drives the American obsession with medical "miracles," exposing the equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; the politicians; and our own "technoconsumption" mindset. In  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Deyo; Donald L Patrick
ISBN: 0814408451 9780814408452
OCLC Number: 937099894
Description: xvi, 335 s. : illustrations
Contents: Can there be too much of a good thing? the hazards of uncritically embracing medical advances --
What's the problem? don't we need lifesaving new treatments? --
Medical innovations and American culture: the call of the sirens --
Why more isn't always better: red herrings, side effects, and superbugs --
Why newer isn't always better: unpleasant surprises, recalls, and learning curves --
Social hazards: what we lose by uncritical use of new treatments --
How things really work: opinion makers and regulators of medical advances --
What will you swallow? how drug companies get you to buy more expensive drugs than you may need --
Making friends, playing monopoly, and dirty tricks: other industry strategies --
Stacking the deck? how to get the "right" answer in clinical research --
"Cancer cured --
film at 11:00": the media's role in disseminating medical advances --
Doctors and hospitals: fueling the drive for new and more --
Advocacy groups: Mother Teresa's waiting room --
Holes in the safety net: the FDA and the FTC --
Useless, harmful, or marginal: popular treatments that caused unnecessary disability, dollar costs, or death --
Ineffective or inferior new drugs --
Medical devices that disappoint --
Ineffective or needlessly extensive surgery --
Weight loss technology: shedding pounds from your waistline or your wallet? --
Crossing the threshold: improving the transition from "experimental" to "standard care" --
For doctors: evidence-based medicine --
For insurers and researchers: pay now or pay more later --
For all decision makers: getting value for money --
For government: regulatory approaches to improve the dissemination of medical innovations --
For consumers: shared decision making.
Responsibility: Richard A. Deyo, Donald L. Patrick.

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Foreword: "This cautionary book warns consumers, doctors, pharmaceutical executives, politicians, and the media all to step back and prevent this medical carousel from going any faster." Foreword: Read more...

 
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