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Worried Sick
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Nortin Hadler's clearly reasoned argument surmounts the cacophony of the health care debate. Hadler urges everyone to ask health care providers how likely it is that proposed treatments will afford meaningful benefits and he teaches how to actively listen to the answer. Each chapter of Worried Sick is an object lesson on the uses and abuses of common offerings, from screening tests to medical and surgical interventions. By learning to distinguish good medical advice from persuasive medical marketing, consumers can make better decisions about their personal health care and use that wisdom to inform their perspectives on health-policy issues.
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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. He is author of several books, including Stabbed in the Back: Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society and Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well 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. He is author of several books, including Stabbed in the Back: Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society and Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.

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[Hadler] has the requisite irreverence and skepticism toward medical providers and the healthcare labyrinth to write a clear-sighted appraisal of the current system's failures.--The Morning News An important book. . . . The reader will understand symptoms and their causation and will be richer for it--intellectually and in pocket.--Journal of Rheumatology Anyone who wants help in evaluating . . . treatments will welcome the details that Hadler provides. . . . [His] challenge to the value of these treatments demands a response from the physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and others who sell these treatments' benefits and urge us to 'take advantage' of them.--Chapel Hill News Thought-provoking, and one of the better critical treatments of our health care approach.--DTC Perspectives It is impossible to read this monograph and remain complacent with the current medical model. . . . [Hadler] very clearly states a series of provocative tenets which deserve serious consideration.--The Pharos [Hadler's] arguments are logical and make one think about the status quo.--Milwaukee Academy of Medicine A seminal piece of medical literature with an Avicennian touch that will be read and debated by health care professionals for years to come.--Wake County Physician Provides readers with the perspectives and skills necessary to advocate for themselves in the contemporary health care delivery system.--Journal of Economic Literature Having guidelines for reimbursement that went through a Hadlerian analysis is not a bad place to start reducing medical care costs without reducing the quality of patient outcomes. A much more politically attractive, and potentially quite effective, reform would make it routine for patients to be exposed to Hadler's kind of analyses whenever they are asked to consider any significant medical intervention.--Journal of the American Medical Association [Hadler's] self-confessed 'diatribe against medicalisation' is an engaging read.--Medical Journal of Australia Challenging conventional medical wisdom, [Hadler] advises a healthy skepticism about the benefits of drugs, routine tests, and many common medical procedures. . . . Educate[s] [readers] on being far better health-care consumers. . . . [A] provocative look at the U.S. medical system.--Library Journal The question Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America aims to answer is how to get your four score and five. Surprisingly, it argues against relying on many of the accepted practices of modern American medicine. . . . Iconoclastic.--Raleigh News and Observer A withering critique. . . . [Hadler has] the knowledge, power, and moral obligation to reject the false coin of commerce and technological hype and to reassert the primacy of the patient.--New England Journal of Medicine This book challenges readers to alter their notions about health maintenance, discarding beliefs about the efficacy of certain medications, screening tests, and procedures. . . . This thoughtful message from an experienced medical practitioner has merit and may convince the general public to advocate more forcefully for change.--ForeWord Magazine To change unrealistic expectations about longevity or lives without pain or illness bucks vested interests, but that is what Hadler does. . . . He knows that the changes he proposes are a long shot, but when people demand that medicine stop doing unnecessary things well, reform becomes possible. Recommended.--Choice [Dr. Hadler] is a longtime debunker of much that the establishment holds dear. . . . Reviewing the data behind many of the widely endorsed medical truths of our day, he concludes that most come up too short on benefit and too high on risk to justify widespread credence. . . . Raise[s] serious questions.--The New York Times This is recommended reading even if you are determined in advance to despise it. You will be better off having wrestled with his arguments and . . . probably will not find them easy to refute.--Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

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