Hope Or Hype

Hope Or Hype

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Annotation Medical science has always promised -- and often delivered -- a longer, better life. But as the pace of science accelerates, do our expectations become unreasonable, fueled by an industry bent on profits and a media desperate for big news?Hope or Hype is a taboo-shattering look at what drives the American obsession with medical qmiracles, q exposing the equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; doctors and hospitals too quick to order surgery; the politicians; the press; and our own qtechnoconsumptionq mindset. The authors spread blame for the parade of so-called miracle cures that too often are marginally effective at best -- and sometimes downright dangerous. They examine consumers? eager embrace of medical advances, and present riveting stories of the conscientious doctors and researchers who blew the whistle on ineffective treatments. Finally, they provide sane, practical recommendations for the adoption of new developments. The consequences of questionable practices include costly recalls, billions in wasted money, and the pain and suffering of innumerable patients and their families. In short, they must stop.This question underlies the current debates about health-care reform and universal insurance coverage. Broader American social ... Even those who seek out aquot;Volkswagenaquot; insurance policies expect aquot;Mercedesaquot; care when the time comes.

Title:Hope Or Hype
Author:Richard A. Deyo, Donald L. Patrick
Publisher:AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn - 2005-01-01


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