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Books of Interest

Wall of Silence by Rosemary Gibson & Janardan Prasad Singh

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 imagining.

“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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