Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health by Walter Bortz

Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health

byWalter Bortz

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

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Every year, the average American spends about $7,300 on medical expenses. The typical Canadian pays $2,700, the Briton only $2,000. And yet, according to the World Health Organization, our healthcare system, in terms of total quality, ranks thirty-eighth in the world, right between Costa Ricaand Slovenia. Not only do 40 million Americans lack health insurance, but more than 200,000 die each year because of medical mistakes. Our average life expectancy is lower than Cuba's. In Next Medicine, Dr. Walter Bortz zeroes in on why the American medicine is spiraling toward disaster. A physician with fifty years of experience and a leading authority on aging, Bortz argues that the financial interests of biotech and drug companies have distorted the healthcare system. Thanks tothem, medicine today is economically motivated to treat disease rather than to prevent it. Heart disease, for example, is widely treated with drug interventions and invasive surgery - both of which are extravagantly profitable for pharmaceutical giants and hospitals. Daily exercise and a healthydiet, on the other hand, can prevent heart disease, and can be obtained by patients essentially for free - but there's no money in that. The medical-industrial complex has a vested interest in keeping us sick, and until that changes medicine will fail to effectively address the leading cause ofdisability and mortality today: chronic diseases like diabetes that are largely preventable. Bortz proposes a medical system that emphasizes personal responsibility and provides incentives for healthy lifestyle choices, along with new training for medical professionals. Through a lively narrative full of personal anecdotes and jarring statistics, Bortz makes a powerful case for a radically new medical system - one that is based on rigorous science and loosens the strangle hold of corporate interests on American health.

About The Author

Walter Bortz II, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is an authority on aging, a marathon runner, and the author of We Live Too Short and Die Too Long: How to Achieve and Enjoy Your Natural 100-Year-Plus Life Span and Living Longer for Dummies.

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Title:Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of HealthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195369688

ISBN - 13:9780195369687

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Current Medicine: History and Diagnosis1. The Nature of Medicine2. Current Medicine's Symptoms3. Medicine's Historical Foundations I: Disease Medicine, the World of Panacea4. Medicine's Historical Foundations II: Health Medicine, the World of Hygeia5. Medical Education and Research6. The Changing Medical Profession: The Rise of the Specialist in the Medical Industrial Complex7. Current Medicine's DiagnosisPart II. Next Medicine: The Plan For Revolution8. Current Medicine's Treatment: Next Medicine9. The Science and Math of Next Medicine10. The Civics and Politics of Next MedicinePart III. Next Medicine in Our Lives11. Shifting from Repair to Prevention12. Mens Sana: The Healthier Brain13. Closing the Loop: Healthier Dying14. Next Medicine in Situ: Healthier Communities