The last well person [electronic resource] : how to stay well despite the health-care system /
Nortin M. Hadler.
Montreal ; Ithaca: McGill-Queen's University Press, c2004.
viii, 313 p.
0773527958 (alk. paper), 9780773527959 (alk. paper)
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Montreal ; Ithaca: McGill-Queen's University Press, c2004.
0773527958 (alk. paper)
9780773527959 (alk. paper)
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catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-299) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nortin M. Hadler has lectured widely in North America and abroad and testified before the U.S. Congress and U.S. Social Security Board
Review Quotes
'"Hadler is a superb teacher. The reader learns to think independently and to reason critically about the many unsupported or unsupportable claims made on behalf of modern medicine, including much of modern pharmacology, surgery, and so-called alternative medicine. A must-read for both medical professionals and ordinary folk." Arthur Schafer, director, Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, University of Manitoba
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Are we all disease time bombs? In this book, the author argues that unfounded assertions, massaged data and flagrant marketing have led to the medicalization of everday life, worrying us unduly and reducing the quality of our lives.
Main Description
Are we all diseased time bombs? In The Last Well Person Dr Nortin Hadler argues that unfounded assertions, massaged data, and flagrant marketing have led to the medicalization of everyday life. He systematically builds the case that constant medical monitoring and unnecessary intervention are hazards to our health, severely reducing our quality of life. Sick with worry, we are a culture panicked by many illnesses - cardio-vascular disease, obesity, adult onset diabetes, fatigue, and breast cancer. Especially insidious, contends Hadler, is the misuse of longevity statistics in turning the difficulties experienced through a natural course of life, such as aging, back pain, and osteoporosis, into illnesses. He shows that the medical profession's current notion that such predicaments can be avoided is fatuous and self-serving. And he argues that most heart bypass surgery, mammography, cholesterol screening, and treatment to prevent prostate cancer should be avoided.
Main Description
Have you had it with celebrity gurus offering miracle cures? Are you sick of being treated like a diseased time bomb? Finally, someone has the courage to address the tough questions about our health care. In The Last Well Person Dr Nortin Hadler cuts through the medical white noise with his trademark tough love: Heart bypass surgery: Usually a waste of money, time, and energy, Treatment for prostate cancer: Does more harm than good, Testing for breast cancer: Not always effective, Chronic pain: See your therapist, not your pharmacist. Dr Hadler skewers a self-serving medical industry and shows that constant monitoring and unnecessary intervention turn healthy people into patients. Sick with worry, we are a culture panicked over unfounded illnesses. The Last Well Person offers practical solutions on to, cs including aging, obesity, diabetes, and back problems. If you're not afraid of seeing conventional wisdom overturned by hard facts, if you're ready to educate yourself and trust your own judgment, you are ready for Dr Hadler. Book jacket.
Unpaid Annotation
This book is a controversial skewering of how doctors and the medical industry turn healthy people into patients.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. 3
The Methuselah Complexp. 9
Interventional Cardiology and Kindred Delusionsp. 17
Fats, Fads, and Fatep. 35
You and Your Colonp. 65
Breast Cancer and How the Women's Movement Got It Wrongp. 77
Prostate Envyp. 92
Worried Sickp. 101
Musculoskeletal Predicamentsp. 107
Medicalization of the "Worried Well"p. 128
Turning Aging into a Diseasep. 146
Health Hazards in the Hateful Jobp. 166
Why Are Alternative and Complementary Therapies Thriving?p. 177
Epilogue: A Ripe Old Agep. 201
Annotated Readingsp. 207
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 301
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