As a doctor, what spoke to me the most was that our medical students are completely unaware that they are being brought into a system that is so firmly controlled by the pharmaceutical and insurance industries that, even with the best intentions, they will soon find themselves in a cycle of rushed patient visits that invariably end in pulling out a prescription pad... Add to that (in many states) a thick layer of malpractice fear, and it becomes hard to see a way to break the cycle. We are taught that this is "evidence-based" medicine, but it is really pharmaceutical-and-fear-based medicine. As Dr Schwartz says, find a doctor who looks you in the eye and asks about your family-- who shows interest in you as a person, not as a collection of symptoms. Also: the best way to not wind up on multiple medications is to find a doctor whose goal is to get you OFF the ones you are already on. Kudos to Dr Schwartz for speaking truth to power!
This book changed how I view my relationship with doctors. I now feel empowered as opposed to scared of upcoming visits. The stories she tells are all so relatable and I could envision any of them happening to me or my loved ones. Dr. Schwartz is truly the first real patient advocate that only has the patient in mind. A must read for anyone that leaves their doctor more confused and scared then they came.
I finished the book last night. It came at a perfect time as I will be looking for a new primary doctor in January. After being in Kaiser Permanente here in No. Calif. I finally have come in contact with a medical factory. The experience was just as Dr. Schwartz describes in her book. A factory where doctors have 15 minutes at most to pretend to talk to you, but wanting to only write a prescription to send you out the door.
I will definitely use all her suggestions for looking for a caring and a doctor who will take the time to listen to what I am saying. I know from experience that in our current healthcare system one does not get good healthcare by accident, one has to fight for it. Hopefully this will change and Dr. Schwartz's will help lead the way........thank you Dr. Ericka Schwartz.
This is an eye opening, yet affirming book that sets out what patients can do to protect themselves from the some of the self-serving practices in todays medical field. No, your doctor will not always prescribe the best medication and surgery for you. It is okay to get second opinions, research the standard treatments, and refuse surgery that is not needed. It would be a good thing if knowledgeable counselors could set up clinics where we could go to get good second opinions. Thanks to Dr. Schwartz for her advice! Everyone should read this book.
Truly a must read for anyone who has ever felt any degree of uncertainty or fear in the wake of any examination or procedure, or left to wonder why they've been sent for even more tests "just to make sure". While taking care of my mother, I remember driving her from one doctor to another, subjecting her to one test after another, which were followed up by one procedure after another. Crazier yet, many of these visits consisted of the doctor simply asking how she felt before renewing her meds; an hour or more in the waiting room then and two minutes with the doctor. Frankly, what you'll learn from this book could literally save you life. Still, this is by no means an indictment of doctors individually, but of the health care system in which they are practicing, yet it is clearly a wake up call which should be headed by both patients and doctors a like. Do yourself a very big favor and read this book!
The author is a highly trained and experienced MD, so she is not "anti-doctor," but she is familiar with the medical profession and she has lots of good, common sense suggestions for patients . . . chief among them are take your time making medical decisions and you are in charge of your body (not the doctor). She "illustrates" her book with real life stories of patients. Highly recommended reading for everyone!
Awesome Book !! She dares to tell the horrible truths about what has happened to our healthcare - greed, incompetent bureaucrats, insurers, all work to deny health to patients. I'm 74, and remember my uncle, a fine MD, and others who really understood and practiced IAW the Oath of Hippocrates. This book will help all who ever need to see a doctor. Many thanks to Erika Schwartz; All of her books are so excellent, especially this one and her book re hormones.
This is a book to read before you get sick. It's so important to be informed. When you become sick you are so vulnerable and probably not able to think critically. You are in no position to question whoever it is that says they'll fix you. I do feel for doctors. This is a challenging time to practice medicine. With information so available, they are no longer the demi-gods they used to be. Thanks a million Dr. Schwartz!