Books of Interest
Wall of Silence by Rosemary Gibson & Janardan
Gibson & Singh crack the “Wall” by telling
the real and untold story of the medical mistakes that kill
and injure millions of Americans. With searing outrage and
heartfelt compassion for the victims of medical mistakes,
Gibson and Singh put human faces to the tragic numbers we
read and hear about. A must read!
“I’m so happy that Gibson and Singh have given voice
to those of us who have suffered at the hands of this broken and
greed-driven healthcare industry.” Kay McVay, R.N., President,
California Nurses Association.
Internal Bleeding by Robert M. Wachter, M.D. &
Kaveh G. Shojania, M.D.
Drs. Wachter and Shojania, two of the foremost authorities
on patient safety, ask us to imagine an epidemic that kills
over one hundred Americans every day. . . and then to stop
“Approximately once a week, a menace sweeps through America
and exacts a toll in human life and suffering equal to our 9/11
tragedy. With elegance and simplicity, Internal Bleeding explains
how this happens and why we allow it to continue. More importantly,
it will help trigger the informed public pressure needed to stop
the carnage.” Arnold Milstein,M.D., M.P.H., Co-Founder,
The Leapfrog Group
What Your Doctor Won’t (Or Can’t) Tell You
by Evan S. Levine, M.D.
Dr. Levine, a practicing cardiologist and internist, tells
you what other physicians are afraid to tell you: where to
look, what to ask and what to avoid when you need top quality
healthcare for yourself and your family.
“Its high time someone blew the whistle. We doctors have
been silent too long; too many of us are scared. Scared to rock
the boat, scared of retribution, scared of doing damage to our livelihoods.
Some are more interested in getting rich than they are in helping
their patients get well.” Dr. Levine, from his Introduction.
Demanding Medical Excellence by Michael L. Millenson
Mr. Millenson illustrates the serious flaws in the American
medical system while also suggesting ways to improve care
and save thousands of lives. An involving, human narrative
explaining how our healthcare system got to where it is today,
the various avenues that are available from here and what
lies ahead on each of those paths.
“This readily understandable and well-written book should
be read by everyone who has a stake in the quality of American medicine
patients, physicians, and policymakers. It presents a comprehensive
account of the way the information age is transforming the medical
landscape.” C. Everett Koop, M.D., former surgeon general
of the United States.
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect
Science by Atul Gawande, M.D.
In gripping accounts of true cases, Dr. Gawande, a brilliant
and courageous surgeon, reveals the power and limits of modern
medicine. The book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself,
laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it
actually is—complicated, perplexing and profoundly human.
“Every subject Atul Gawande touches is probed and dissected
and turned inside out with such deftness and feeling and counterintuitive
insight that the reader is left breathless.” Malcolm Gladwell,
Author of The Tipping Point.
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