For Further Reading

Updated on: April 28th, 2017

America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
Steven Brill

A journalist’s critique of healthcare reform and suggestions for improvement.

Final Exam
Pauline W. Chen, M.D.

Dr. Chen struggles to reconcile compassionate caring for the ill with how the current U.S. healthcare system depersonalizes the dying.

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes On Performance
Atul Gawande, M.D.

The fallibility of surgeons and what they do to improve outcomes.

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science
Atul Gawande, M.D.

An exploration of why deadly mistakes happen, and the limits of medicine when faced with the inexplicable.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Atul Gawande, M.D.

The title says it all!

The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
Jerome E. Groopman, M.D.

Groopman differentiates true hope from false hope–and how to best understand the potential of this vital emotion.

How Doctors Think
Jerome E. Groopman, M.D.

How excellent doctors can make honest errors and what patients can do to help prevent them.

Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer
Susan Gubar, Ph.D.

A polemic against the ineffectual and injurious medical responses to which thousands of women are subjected balanced with gratitude for companionship and the beauty of life that sustains people in despair.

The Empowered Patient: Hundreds of Life-Savings Facts, Action Steps and Strategies You Need to Know
Julia A. Hallisy, D.D.S.

Current safety issues in health care with easy-to-understand “action steps” to keep patients safe from preventable medical errors.

Don’t Go There Alone! A Guide to Hospitals for Patients and Their Advocates
Kathy Kalina, Stephen Pew, Diane Bourgeois

The seminal guide for patients and advocates. Educating how to effectively advocate for yourself or others within an alien, confusing environment that has ultimate power over life and death. Emphasizes the benefits of using an informed advocate during your hospitalization or out-patient procedure.

On Children and Death: How Children and Their Parents Can and Do Cope With Death
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Insights both practical and extraordinary, at times mystical, to the unthinkable experience of losing a child. Kubler-Ross’ wisdom was merely intimated in the famous “On Death and Dying.” Here her intuition reveals the intensity of a burning spirituality.

Always On Call: When Illness Turns Families Into Caregivers
Carol Levine, ed.

A United Hospital Fund Book: Essential for understanding the current, and often unpleasant, realities of family caregiving while strongly advocating the need for change.

How We Live
Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.

A fascinating treatise of the miracle of life and the resiliency of our bodies.

Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
Wendell Potter

A former marketing executive at a top health insurance company, Potter’s conscience finally caught up with him. He transformed from health care industry insider to consumer advocate, blowing the whistle on the health insurance industry’s deceptive, unethical, profit-motivated practices.

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out
Peter Pronovost, M.D.

Peter Pronovost has made patient safety his mission. He already possessed considerable stature, when Josie King’s baby daughter died of — you guessed it –preventable medical error. At Johns Hopkins. As patients, our trust has been violated. As healthcare consumers, we are mislabeled — consumption in this context implies a free market. And the U.S. healthcare is most assuredly not.

Carved In Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Multiple inquiries into how well the brain ages, and possible treatments to restore function.

You, The Smart Patient: An Insider’s Book for Getting the Best Treatment
Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.s

This book is a great entry into the esoterica of the health care system and how you can navigate for yourself or a family member.

Every Patient Tells A Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis
Lisa Sanders, M.D.

Comprehensive discussion of the physician’s most difficult and important job: Physical Examination and Diagnosis.

The Sociopath Next Door
Martha Stout, Ph.D.

Sociopaths can wreak much havoc before they ultimately die a violent or ignominious death. Examples include Genghis Khan and, more currently, Osama bin Laden. Martha Stout is an academician and this was published in 2005, so the research is fairly current. She discusses in some depth that lacking a conscience is certainly a moral disorder and also classifiable as a psychiatric illness. Food for thought as the DSM-V prepares to eliminate sociopathy as a disorder.

You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes
Trisha Torrey

Trisha Torrey of AdvoConnection was the victim of a gross medical error, and subsequently made it her mission to advocate and provide education for patients.

Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life of Treya Killam Wilber
Ken Wilber

This tribute to Treya Killam Wilber, compiled/written by her husband, includes selected entries from Treya’s journal interspersed with Ken’s contextual information. So many powerful themes are addressed as Treya lived them in the few years of life remaining to her at the time these two extraordinary persons were married.

 

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