Hippocrates shadow

I’ve just finished reading this (in a rather frenzied 8 hour marathon) fascinating book by David Newman, a damn fine educator and researcher in emergency medicine

It covers all the problems with medicine that i’ve been torturing my poor friends over for donkeys now.

There’s lots of great stuff in it but I think my personal favourite is chapter 4 on communication with patients.

Lack of communication begets lack of communication. a downward spiral closely ties to medicine’s movement away from contact toward technology, a movement embraced by patients and doctors alike. Both groups crave the safety and the seemingly unimpeachable science represented by blood tests, x-rays, and pills

If you’re fed up with me ranting to you about the problems inherent in the medical world then read this. It’s much better articulated than I’ll ever manage to be.

It’s written for a lay audience so it’s fairly accessible to everyone

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