Can Medicine Be Cured?: The Corruption of a Profession

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Head of Zeus Ltd, Feb 7, 2019 - Medical - 336 pages

A fierce, honest, elegant and often hilarious debunking of the great fallacies that drive modern medicine.

'A deeply fascinating and rousing book' Mail on Sunday.

'What makes this book a delightful, if unsettling read, is not just O'Mahony's scholarly and witty prose, but also his brutal honesty' The Times.

Seamus O'Mahony writes about the illusion of progress, the notion that more and more diseases can be 'conquered' ad infinitum. He punctures the idiocy of consumerism, the idea that healthcare can be endlessly adapted to the wishes of individuals.

He excoriates the claims of Big Science, the spending of vast sums on research follies like the Human Genome Project. And he highlights one of the most dangerous errors of industrialized medicine: an over-reliance on metrics, and a neglect of things that can't easily be measured, like compassion.

 

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Contents

Welcome Page About Can Medicine Be Cured? Dedication Chapter 1 People Live So Long Now
The Greatest Breakthrough since Lunchtime
Fifty Golden Years
Big Bad Science
The Medical Misinformation Mess
How to Invent a Disease
Stop the Awareness Now
The NeverEnding War on Cancer
The AntiHarlots
The McNamara Fallacy
The Mendacity of Empathy
The Mirage of Progress
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index

Consumerism the NHS and the Mature Civilization
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About the author (2019)

Seamus O'Mahony spent many years working for the National Health Service in Britain. He now lives and practises medicine in his native Cork, in the south of Ireland. His acclaimed first book, The Way We Die Now, was published in 2016, and has been translated into Swedish and Japanese. It won a BMA Book Award in 2017.

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