Special Treatment

Author: Kevin J. Soden
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101204689
Size: 32.30 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Doctors have a built-in advantage when it comes to getting extra-special medical care. Their knowledge and connections help them to get better, faster, while avoiding unnecessary risks. Dr. Kevin Soden and Dr. Christine Dumas—seen regularly on NBC News Today—are leveling the health-care playing field so that everyone gets the kind of special treatment they deserve. In this book, Soden and Dumas will provide you with all the information you need to become a smarter health-care consumer—and get the very best possible medical care for you and your family. With a true insider’s perspective, this book shows you how to get top-quality treatment from all your health care professionals, whether you have a doctor in the family or not.—Because when it comes to something as important as health, we all need special treatment. Learn more about: · What tests your doctor would demand · How your doctor picks a doctor · What doctors know about hospitals · How doctors make decisions about medications, physical therapy, surgery, and more · Even doctors need a second opinion: where they go to get one · How doctors pick a specialist · How your doctor bounces back faster after surgery · What doctors know about the ER · Where your doctor gets the latest medical information—and you can, too · What doctors know about preventing and treating the top three killers of men and women · What doctors know about reducing their risk of the most preventable cancers · What doctors know about living a longer and healthier life

Let Me Heal

Author: Kenneth M. Ludmerer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019939217X
Size: 70.75 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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In Let Me Heal, prize-winning author Kenneth M. Ludmerer provides the first-ever account of the residency system for training doctors in the United States. He traces its development from its nineteenth-century roots through its present-day struggles to cope with new, bureaucratic work-hour regulations for house officers and, more important, to preserve excellence in medical training amid a highly commercialized health care system. Let Me Heal provides a highly engaging, richly contextualized account of the residency system in all its dimensions. It also brilliantly analyzes the mutual relationship between residency education and patient care in America. The book shows that the quality of residency training ultimately depends on the quality of patient care that residents observe, but that there is much that residency training can do to produce doctors who practice in a better, more affordable fashion. Let Me Heal is both a stunning work of scholarship and a highly engaging account of how one becomes a doctor in the United States. It is indispensable reading for those who wish to understand what it means to learn and practice medicine and what is needed to make medical education and patient care in America better. The definitive work on the subject, it is destined to become a classic that will be consulted by readers far into the future.

An American Sickness

Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143110853
Size: 60.17 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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A New York Times bestseller A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems. In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast? Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries--the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers--that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw. The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

A Plan For A Single Payer Health Care System

Author: Charles H. Chen
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595914381
Size: 13.18 MB
Format: PDF
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Approximately fifty million people in the United States have no health insurance. Dr. Charles Chen, an obstetrician and gynecologist for almost thirty years, agrees with many people in this country that health insurance should cover every citizen, not just those who can afford to pay the rates. A Plan for a Single Payer Health Care System takes an in-depth look at every aspect of our current health care system and provides a strategic plan, along with innovative solutions for reforming the system. In an easy-to-understand format, Dr. Chen provides clear definitions and the pros and cons of utilizing three potential health care systems. Dr. Chen presents the results from his research on several international health care systems and then proposes the best solution for America. He recommends several concrete ideas, including establishing a Department of the National Health Care System, requesting the support of large corporations who pay high medical premiums for employees, and allowing uninsured citizens to purchase a low-cost health plan from the government. The ability to receive medical treatment should be a basic human right. Dr. Chen's plan for improvement helps shine a bright light on a situation that has quickly become critical for this country. His plan will ultimately help ensure that all citizens have access to health insurance.

What Your Doctor Won T Tell You About Getting Older

Author: Mark Lachs, M.D.
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101543574
Size: 43.33 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 801
Aging well frequently involves feeling your way blindly through a complex medical world: dealing with multiple doctors, facing baffling financial decisions, and figuring out whether you or a parent needs care outside the home. What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Getting Older turns the lights on, illuminating potential pitfalls and showing a way around them. This book is an indispensible survival guide, gathering all the information you need to have but that too often doctors just don't give you. Writing with great experience and good humor, renowned geriatrician Mark Lachs explains how to choose your doctors, stay out of the emergency room, plan financially for retirement, outfit your house to stay safe, and, most important, how to have as many healthy years as possible.

Dental Ethics At Chairside

Author: David T. Ozar
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781589013094
Size: 50.40 MB
Format: PDF
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Every health care practitioner from Hippocrates to our own day has had to deal with questions of ethics in the effort to serve patients properly and well. The dental professional is no different. For nearly a decade, it has had sound ethical reflection on its side in the form of Dental Ethics at Chairside. In issues ranging from ordinary chairside decision making to HIV/AIDS and ethical business practices, the first edition of this book has guided thousands of dentists, dental hygienists, students, and other oral health care practitioners to an understanding of the essential practice of ethics. Now a revised, updated, and expanded edition of Dental Ethics at Chairside responds to the challenges of oral health care in the new century with chapters on managed care, confidentiality and electronic record-keeping, among other important topics.

Clinical Skills For Pharmacists

Author: Karen J. Tietze
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 032308222X
Size: 48.57 MB
Format: PDF
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Covering the skills needed for pharmaceutical care in a patient-centered pharmacy setting, Clinical Skills for Pharmacists: A Patient-Focused Approach, 3rd Edition describes fundamental skills such as communication, physical assessment, and laboratory and diagnostic information, as well as patient case presentation, therapeutic planning, and monitoring of drug intake. Numerous case examples show how skills are applied in clinical situations. Now in full color, this edition adds more illustrations and new coverage on taking a medication history, physical assessment, biomarkers, and drug information. Expert author Karen J. Tietze provides unique, pharmacy-specific coverage that helps you prepare for the NAPLEX and feel confident during patient encounters. Coverage of clinical skills prepares you to be more involved with patients and for greater physical assessment and counselling responsibilities, with discussions of communication, taking a medical history, physical assessment, reviewing lab and diagnostic tests, and monitoring drug therapies. A logical organization promotes skill building, with the development of each new skill building upon prior skills. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter highlight important topics. Self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter help in measuring your comprehension of learning objectives. Professional codes of ethics are described in the Ethics in Pharmacy and Health Care chapter, including confidentiality, HIPAA, research ethics, ethics and the promotion of drugs, and the use of advance directives in end-of-life decisions. Numerous tables summarize key and routinely needed information. Downloadable, customizable forms on the companion Evolve website make it easier to perform tasks such as monitoring drug intake and for power of attorney. A full-color design and an increase to 150 photos and drawings better illustrates concepts, techniques, and equipment. Updated Taking Medication Histories chapter includes added coverage of the data to obtain while taking a medication history, as well as additional sections on obtaining medication names, on-demand medication information, and the pharmacist's role in immunization. Updated and expanded Physical Assessment Skills chapter includes detailed descriptions of commonly used equipment and vital signs, with more pharmacist-specific examples, so you can feel more confident in handling real-life situations. Updated Researching and Providing Drug Information chapter reflects current technology and information sources, and includes review questions on drug information. A new biomarker section in the Review of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests chapter aids in treatment planning, explaining the different types of biomarkers and how they are used. Skills checklists cover how to perform clinical skills, such as developing a monitoring plan. Application activities at the end of each chapter include more case studies to help you apply concepts and solve problems. A Chapter Acronym Index conveniently located on the front and back inside covers offers easy lookup for many commonly used acronyms and their definitions. Video clips on the companion Evolve website show a pharmacist performing various clinical skills, including history taking and physical assessment. Animations on Evolve show key disease states and highlight other relevant concepts, and an audio glossary includes pronunciations of 241 terms.

Surviving American Medicine

Author: Cary Presant, MD
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475937776
Size: 46.46 MB
Format: PDF
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We live in a time when the business of health care has superseded the care of health. Health-care reform isn’t just political rhetoric: it’s a reality. It’s happening every day—and for you it means new ways of getting your care. Virtually every American understands we are experiencing dramatic changes in the delivery of health care and the insurance programs that pay for it. In Surviving American Medicine, Dr. Cary Presant lays the foundation to help you take control of these issues and help you become your own advocate. Surviving American Medicine shows you how to make the best decisions by providing inside tips about getting the best doctors, good insurance, safe hospitals, and affordable medicines—from an author and physician who is a national expert on health care. With insights from his medical experience and reliable internet resources, Presant gives you the information to survive, reduce the risk of illness, and cure or control diseases. Relying on his forty years of experience as a physician, professor, administrator, and researcher, Presant empowers you to work with your team of doctors, nurses, hospitals, and even insurance companies to maintain your health and prolong your life. He helps you learn to make choices about your health are so you feel confident you’re getting the best treatment possible.

Stress And Your Health

Author: Hymie Anisman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118850335
Size: 75.53 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Stress and Your Health: From Vulnerability to Resilience presents an evidence-based evaluation of the various effects of stress, along with methods to alleviate distress and stress-related illnesses. Examines myriad stressor effects and proven ways to alleviate stress in our lives Covers a wide range of stressor-related topics including therapeutic strategies to deal with stress and factors that hinder treatment of stress Makes difficult biochemical and immunological concepts accessible to a non-specialist audience Addresses many of the factors that cause individuals to be more vulnerable to the impact of stressors and at increased risk for pathology