From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
John Sloan, MD is a senior academic physician in
the Department of Family Practice at the University of British
Columbia and has spent most of his thirty years of practice caring
for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He has lectured throughout
Canada and in Europe and the United States, and is sought after as
an inspirational speaker on geriatrics. He lives in Vancouver and
Roberts Creek, B.C.
About the Book
What's worse than the failure of the health care system to adequately care for seniors? The fact that it's actually doing them harm. In "A Bitter Pill," Dr. John Sloan investigates the reasons why the medical community is unable to provide lasting health to seniors, concluding that incorrect assumptions have led to the current health crisis among the elderly. In a remarkable argument, Sloan contends that medical measures based in prevention actually do seniors more harm than good, diminishing their current quality of life in the hopes of preventing future disease. Sloan maintains that we must understand what those in poor health really need -- a way to enjoy the final stages of their lives. A valuable resource for caregivers, nurses, doctors, and children of the elderly, this book may just turn the tide of medical misconception that has plagued the senior community.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 28, 2009
Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1553654552
ISBN - 13: 9781553654551