An investigation into why the
health care system does not work for old people, who are in fragile
health, and what we can do about it.
Medical treatment of elderly people is
not working. Worse, it is often harmful, says author John Sloan, a
family physician who has worked primarily with the elderly for more
than twenty years. In A Bitter Pill, he examines why
medical treatment-from modern medicine''s one-size-fits-all
prevention strategy to hospital stays that don''t benefit anyone-is
failing them and identifies solutions to the problem.
In clear, accessible language, Sloan
argues that we must understand what people in poor health at the
end of their lives really need: comfort, dignity, and quality of
life. He also argues that caregivers, sons, daughters, nurses,
doctors, and social workers-all of us-must assume responsibility
for what happens to the elderly and give these loved ones the kind
of care we hope, one day, someone will give us.