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For those fortunate enough to reside in the developed world, death before reaching a ripe old age is a tragedy, not a fact of life. Although aging and dying are not diseases, older Americans are subject to the most egregious marketing in the name of ""successful aging"" and ""long life,"" as if both are commodities. In Rethinking Aging , Nortin M. Hadler examines health-care choices offered to aging Americans and argues that too often the choices serve to profit the provider rather than benefit the recipient, leading to the medicalization of everyday ailments and blatant overtreatment. Rethinking Aging forewarns and arms readers with evidence-based insights that facilitate health-promoting decision making. Over the past decade, Hadler has established himself as a leading voice among those who approach the menu of health-care choices with informed skepticism. Only the rigorous demonstration of efficacy is adequate reassurance of a treatment's value, he argues; if it cannot be shown that a particular treatment will benefit the patient, one should proceed with caution. In Rethinking Aging , Hadler offers a doctor's perspective on the medical literature as well as his long clinical experience to help readers assess their health-care options and make informed medical choices in the last decades of life. The challenges of aging and dying, he eloquently assures us, can be faced with sophistication, confidence, and grace. |Although aging and dying are not diseases, older Americans are subject to the most egregious marketing in the name of ""successful aging"" and ""long life,"" as if both are commodities. Hadler offers a doctor's perspective on the medical literature as well as his long clinical experience to help readers assess their health-care options and make informed medical choices in the last decades of life.
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Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent books are Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America and Stabbed in the Back: Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society.|Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent books are Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America and Stabbed in the Back: Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society.

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"[Hadler's] questioning of many conventional practices is refreshing and important. . . . In pleading for caution and clinical wisdom, he also offers a partial solution to the huge problem of how we might afford to provide good medical care for old people "A book for all readers entering the aging years, especially those who wish to avoid unnecessary and futile tests and procedures . . . . "Rethinking Aging" is a sobering book, calling for a careful and blunt dialogue about end-of-life and aging issue "All Americans over the age of 45 as well as health care providers and political leaders should read this book. . . . Hadler provides useful insights into successful aging within the context of this challenging system. Highly recommended."--"Choice" All Americans over the age of 45 as well as health care providers and political leaders should read this book. . . . Hadler provides useful insights into successful aging within the context of this challenging system. Highly recommended.--Choice [Hadler has] provided his readers with valuable perspective that should make it easier for them to captain the ships of their own health.--The Carrboro Citizen [Hadler's] questioning of many conventional practices is refreshing and important. . . . In pleading for caution and clinical wisdom, he also offers a partial solution to the huge problem of how we might afford to provide good medical care for old people.--British Medical Journal With this thoughtful guide, Hadler urges better options for end-of-life care than a lonely, traumatic last stop at the hospital.--Publishers Weekly Well organized and detailed.--Burgs Sunday book review Refreshing. . . . All nurses working with older people will gain a great deal from this book, particularly with regard to prevention. This book challenges our thinking on growing old and living well, and is highly recommended.--Nursing Standard With passion and enthusiasm, Hadler offers a doctor's perspective that could prove useful for many people struggling to make better choices and increase wellness as they age.--ForeWord Reviews Hadler argues for holding medical interventions to a high standard.--Raleigh News & Observer Hadler advocates informed decision making pertaining to all stages of aging.--Library Journal A book for all readers entering the aging years, especially those who wish to avoid unnecessary and futile tests and procedures . . . . Rethinking Aging is a sobering book, calling for a careful and blunt dialogue about end-of-life and aging issues. It should evoke much discussion and debate about the proper application of medicine and surgery in the aging population.--Clifton K. Meador, MD, JAMA "Refreshing. . . . All nurses working with older people will gain a great deal from this book, particularly with regard to prevention. This book challenges our thinking on growing old and living well, and is highly recommended."--"Nursing Standard" "Hadler argues for holding medical interventions to a high standard."--Raleigh "News & Observer" "Well organized and detailed."--Burgs Sunday book review "[Hadler has] provided his readers with valuable perspective that should make it easier for them to captain the ships of their own health."--"The Carrboro Citizen" "With passion and enthusiasm, Hadler offers a doctor's perspective that could prove useful for many people struggling to make better choices and increase wellness as they age."--"ForeWord Reviews" "Hadler advocates informed decision making pertaining to all stages of aging."--"Library Journal" "With this thoughtful guide, Hadler urges better options for end-of-life care than a lonely, traumatic last stop at the hospital."--"Publishers Weekly" "Well organized and detailed."---"Burgs Sunday book review" "An unflinching and rational dissection of the anti-aging field from one of the most respected voices in the health care debate today. Like Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman, Dr. Hadler's scalpel has an uncanny ability to separate facts from hype and make us reexamine every screening test and treatment we take for granted as effective." -P. Murali Doraiswamy, senior fellow, Duke Center for the Study of Aging, and coauthor, "Living Well After An Alzheimer's Diagnosis" "Dr. Hadler has done an amazing job at engendering the debate on aging and medical care." -William J. Hall, Fine Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine Center for Healthy Aging "Nortin Hadler challenges much conventional wisdom about aging with insight and verve. You may not embrace all of his views, but you will agree that his approach is often original and always thought provoking." -Jerome Groopman, M.D., Recanati Professor, Harvard Medical School, Author of "How Doctors Think"

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