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For me, the most fascinating part of the book was the section on "pseudoaxioms" -- medical practices which are enshrined in tradition and totally resistant to all evidence of their lack of efficacy.
I am taking one star off this review for abuse of footnotes. Footnotes can be very valuable to provide tangential or technical information, to be read or ignored as the reader prefers, but all too often in this book the information was essential to the point being made in the text and should have been in the body, not in a footnote. Constantly dropping down to check the footnotes made for a choppy reading flow.
Despite this annoyance, this book is a very good addition to the essential reading list in this area: Nortin Hadler's "The Last Well Person," H. Gilbert Welch's "Should I Be Tested for Cancer?", and Gerd Gigerenzer's "Calculated Risks."
If you've ever wondered what your doctor is thinking, or how he makes his decisions, or even just wondered why he can't talk to you a little better, you should read this book.
As for the footnotes, skip them. Unless you're a scientist, they're of little interest. They are necessary, though, to demonstrate that Dr. Newman didn't just make this stuff up. He shows you the facts upon which his conclusions are based. That's a direct and open communication with the reader. Direct and open communication is what doctors should have with their patients; it's the central point of the book. Dr. Newman walks his own line.
I look forward to reading his next book.
Dr. Newman has covered many controversial medical issues in a very readable and understandable manner. Although I am a registered nurse, I feel that the general public will have no difficulty in appreciating the content and relating to the subject matter.
I found the section on Celebrex most provocative, since I recently have been taking it, with what I thought were good results. Since reading the book, I have not taken it in several weeks, with no appreciable adverse effects. To the contrary, I feel fine.
This is a must read book!
Dr. Newman is skillful in combining anecdotes of his real world experience in "the house of medicine" with thorough research to support his arguments. In addition, I respect that he does not exempt himself from criticism acknowledging that he too is a part of the world of healthcare today. I am a physician, and I can truly say that I learned a lot. Whether you are someone who requires frequent follow up with your physician, or one of the lucky ones who sees his doctor for preventative care only, or you are simply in the market for an intelligent and thought provoking book "Hippocrates' Shadow is a must read.
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Whoa, the NYT article reveals how far this guy is from being qualified to recommend good bedside manner. Yikes.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
What an appalong piece of junk. When i read this i couldnt help but think how immoral and wrong his thought process must have beeen. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Godchild From Godville
Any doctor who drugs and ejaculates on his patients can't possibly be taken seriously in any sort of doctoral position, even in print. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Sarah Jewel
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With exceptional concision and clarity, the author touched an impressive variety of subjects and I daresay that reading this work left me wonderfully numb. Read morePublished 1 month ago by roy j rowland
Really teaches you how to connect with your patients! Sometimes you have to bring things that belong inside out, even onto your patients! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicky
A surprising amount of what Drs. believe and practice is not necessarily evidence based. The author calls these Pseudo Axioms. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Davlip
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