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  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books; 1 edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809241315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809241316
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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239 of 247 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on November 22, 2003
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The idea behind this book can be ascertained from its title. The word "confession" means to admit. What the late Dr. Robert Mendelsohn does is to admit truths about what he calls the "Church of Modern Medicine." A "heretic" is a person who professes to heresy. A heresy is any opinion opposed to established doctrines.

Thus, Mendelsohn in his book tells us truths and his opinions (based on his excellent qualifications) regarding orthodox medicine. His opinions are angry ones. (I'd be angry too if I spent my entire life in orthodox medicine only to discover that it is not what it claims to be.) Like anyone who is angry, the author occasionally goes off on tangents but overall he sticks to the main premise of the book.

What is the premise of this book? Mendelsohn tells us this immediately in the book's opening section called the "Non Credo." He states, "I do not believe in modern medicine. I am a medical heretic. My aim of this book is to persuade you to become a heretic, too." (Notice, that contrary to popular belief, the premise of this book is not to tell you to stop seeing your doctor.)

Each chapter (there are nine) of this book has many truths. These truths are not out-of-date and will probably remain relevant into the far future. Here are just three examples:

1) "Every drug stresses and hurts your body in some way."
2) "A healthy society is characterized by strong, positive family relationships and subsequent minimal need of doctors."
3) "Doctors are not trained to attack the core of any problem, merely to suppress symptoms."

Sometimes, the author juxtaposes two truths to make a point.
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
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This book confirmed many things that I had already known or suspected about the practice of medicine. I really liked how the author dug into the philosophical aspects of doctor/patient relationships: the absolute power we give them. And it was neat to find someone -- a doctor even -- who agreed with my perception that doctors have their own secret language which protects their knowledge (their power) and wouldn't you know, it's LATIN. (If you're a devout Catholic be forewarned.) But best of all, this book is absolutely hilarious. You might as well keep your sense of humor in all of this, and I found myself laughing out loud as I read.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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I read this book a long time ago, but have never forgotten it. For anyone who has doubts about the benevolence of the AMA, pharmaceutical companies and the allied health industries or has suffered from drug interactions, side effects, long-term effects, misadiagnoses, botched treatments, apathy or arrogance on the part of medical providers, this book is MUST reading. This is one of the first mainstream books to address these issues and to suggest alternative treatments.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Shirlee Hudson on January 3, 2005
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This is a MUST READ book for every person who is interested in optimum health. Dr. Mendelsohn exposes the medical monopoly that limits our choices. This book is an excellent start because it reveals the manipulation and fear that is used by medical practioners. This book has the potential to open your mind and help you start questioning "procedures" and seek alternative choices. Dr. Mendelsohn, as a teacher in a medical school with excellent credentials, disarms the medical mystique. You also may want to read Male Practice by Robert Mendelsohn and What Doctor's Don't tell you by Lynne McTaggert.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Knowledge Seeker on January 27, 2006
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This book is a must for everyone interested in promoting and preserving good health. Sadly, instead of educating the public in proper nutrition, focusing on disease prevention measures, and researching, studying and promoting the use of effective natural cures, the far removed from nature western medical establishment is indoctrinated into subscribing and relying entirely on pharmaceutical drugs, many of which are ineffective and produce debilitating, dangerous and sometimes lethal side effects.

The cruel reality is that the self serving pharmaceutical drug companies with the assistance of the FDA suppress information and access to healing herb remedies and natural cures in order to keep the public ignorant and completely dependent on their profitable patented drugs. Have cancer? They will make sure you have no other choice but to buy their highly expensive, minimally effective poisonous drugs combined with maiming medical surgical procedures.

The pharmaceutical industry will do everything possible to protect their profits and make us stay away from any natural cures such as the Alpha Omega Lab's "Cansema" herb combination treatment which effectively cured cancer in thousands of people including my mother.

Pharmaceutical companies and their well paid partner, the FDA, will promptly accuse those natural healers and God sent angels of quackery and will see to it that anyone who offers effective natural cures will face swift persecution and unjust prosecution. If interested, you can read the full story of the original Cansema and the unwarranted FDA raid of Alpha Omega Labs posted by Chris Gupta on the web.

There is no doubt there are quacks to watch out for in this world, but make no mistake, there is no quack larger than the pharmaceutical conglomerate.
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