0 thoughts on “How We Do Harm

  1. I rarely give contemporary books a 5-star rating.

    This is one of those books that will help you think straight about what may be happening to you and maybe the guy next to you the next time you visit a doctor’s office or clinic.

    The main author, Otis Brawley, was formerly director of the National Cancer Institute. He is well-credentialed, yet he advises patients not to be swayed by titles like “chair of the department” but rather to challenge the luminaries to justify their treatment decisions.

  2. A great read. From the opening story about a woman whose.breast falls off from cancer to the resulting advocacy of a man who lost his wife to the disease, this book sheds light on the multiple systemic ills of our health care system. Brawley is a doctor, but more importantly a great storyteller. This book is.frightening, infuriating, and amazing to read.

  3. Sometimes books line up in unpredictable ways. I just finished Kahneman’s “Thinking Fast and Slow,” which discusses how our native thinking is heavily emotional and resists the hard work of rationality, and along comes this book–as if to use my own thinking to verify Kahneman’s thesis.

    Take screening for health problems. As an oncologist, Brawley primarily discusses cancer screening–but the epiphenomena surrounding identification and treatment of cancer may be taken as illustrative of the gener

  4. This Dr. is the chief medical & scientific officer of the American Cancer Society and a professor at Emery University. He is a practicing oncologist at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. I find him objective and realistic in his assessment of the challenges in our medical system. Driven by profits the rich are over-treated and the poor are under-treated. The well insured patient is an economic incentive to maximize the cut of every practioner who gets involved. (He calls this the ‘wallet bi

  5. Dr. Brawley has written a powerful indictment of the current state of health care in the United States. He asks the questions that need to be asked in an age where advertisement trumps evidence and he challenges those who know better to do better. Be warned: once you truly internalize the reality of the “wallet biopsy”, you will never be able to see medicine the same way again. And that’s a good thing.

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