The Truth About Big Medicine: Righting The Wrongs For Better Health Care by Cheryl L. BrownThe Truth About Big Medicine: Righting The Wrongs For Better Health Care by Cheryl L. Brown

The Truth About Big Medicine: Righting The Wrongs For Better Health Care

EditorCheryl L. Brown, John T. JamesContribution byRosemary Gibson

Hardcover | December 5, 2014

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Many Americans believe that their healthcare is second to none. Most patients, therefore, fail to appreciate the flaws and dangers present while receiving medical care. In fact, the American healthcare industry is one of the great tragedies of this country, which is now being brought to its knees by the medical industry run amuck. The Truth About Big Medicine: Righting the Wrongs for Better Healthcare divulges secrets of the industry, which keep it focused on its own economic needs to the detriment of public health. The cost of American healthcare per person far exceeds other developed countries, yet it delivers life expectancies and infant mortalities that are ranked shamefully low among developed nations. Special interest groups and weak legislation created a "tapeworm" that continues to devour the American economy and shorten the lives of hundreds of thousands each year. Using true stories throughout, the authors illustrate that it is time for the public, students, educators, and legislators to recognize medical deception and secrecy, and to consider clear solutions on how they can achieve a safer healthcare system. A rich variety of authors with experience in revealing unsafe medical practices bring recommendations for changing healthcare delivery by taking an aspect of the healthcare system, identifying its shortcomings, and proposing ways to reduce harm plus correct the injustices. Included are discussions of imaging, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, hospital practices and procedures, and medical malpractice and negligence, among other topics. No consumer of health care should ignore the dangers inherent in the system; this book helps reveal them and suggests useful remedies.The authors maintain a website at
Cheryl Brown, DBA, RN, U.S. Army Nurse retired, serves as an Army Medical Command Patient Safety Nurse Consultant for patient safety managers assisting with Sentinel Event root cause analysis and providing feedback for process improvement. She served as Commander of a Combat Support Hospital and is a trauma nurse veteran of the Persian...
Title:The Truth About Big Medicine: Righting The Wrongs For Better Health CareFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.38 × 6.29 × 1 inPublished:December 5, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442231602

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Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction: The Empowered Patient, John T. James, PhD, DABT, and Cheryl L. Brown, DBA, RN1. The Failure of State Medical Boards to Protect the Public, Yanling Yu, PhD2. Secrets of the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Failure of Medical Licensing Boards, Hospitals, and the Legal System to Protect the Public from Dangerous Physicians, Robert E. Oshel, PhD3. Failures and Successes of Physician Peer and Performance Review, Gerald Rogan, MD4. Dangerous Medical Devices, John T. James, PhD, and Stephen S. Tower, MD5. A Contemporary Review of Health Care-Associated Infections, Daniel M. Saman, DrPH, MPH, CPH6. Oversight of Physician Offices: Dr. Welby or Dr. Applebee?, Evelyn V. McKnight, AuD7. Prescription Drugs-To Heal and to Harm, John T. James, PhD, DABT8. After the Harm: Apology, Disclosure, and Trust, Cheryl Brown, DBA, RN9. The Consumer Advocates Who Kicked the Hospital-Infection Nest, Lisa McGiffert, Director, Consumers Union Safe Patient Project10. Medical Guidelines and Informed Consent-Routes to Safer Medical Care, Denise Lasater, DBA, RN; Cheryl Brown, DBA, RN; and JohnT. James, PhD11. Medical Imaging: Does It Help?, Kiran Sagar, MD, FAHA, FACCEpilogue Notes Bibliography Index Contributors

Editorial Reviews

The authors have provided a thoughtful and well documented account of many lapses occurring in America's troubled health delivery system. This is tempered with a series of common sense recommendations whereby patients and society can rightfully expect improvements and hold accountable those professionals whose practices cause untold injuries and deaths. This book is a must read for all who seek a more responsible and accountable healthcare system.