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More Harm Than Good: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Common Treatments and Procedures Hardcover – April 30, 2008

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“…Zelicoff and Bellomo provide some startling insights that will give readers questions worth asking at the next checkup.” Publishers Weekly



"More Harm Than Good is important to the national dialogue and to understanding our ailing system." --ForeWord Magazine

Book Description

Patients today expect their every last ache and pain to be immediately cataloged and cured. They want the pill they just saw advertised, or the latest, greatest procedure. Many doctors, reluctant to tell patients that waiting or doing nothing is often better, are all too willing to accommodate. As a result, we are becoming a nation of over-diagnosed and over-treated people. But how can we know how much medicine is good medicine? And how do we know which treatments might actually work? In More Harm Than Good, Michael Bellomo and Dr. Alan Zelicoff offer a compelling look at medical care today and explore how common conditions like prostate cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are being over-treated, wasting billions of healthcare dollars and producing less than ideal, if not detrimental results. The authors arm readers with the facts and questions they need to better discuss options with their doctors, and examine the way doctors select treatments in the first place.

Based on solid scientific and medical research as well as interviews with surgeons, internists, and general practitioners, More Harm Than Good will empower readers to make better health decisions. Revealing and impeccably researched, this is a revolutionary book that will change how we look at being sick.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (April 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814400272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814400272
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vibiana on June 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When you find a misspelled word on the very first page of a book (in this case, "OCCASSION") and then misspellings and grammar boo-boos all the way through it, I'm sorry, but I can't help but rate it lower. This is something that I see more and more as the moronic children of my Baby Boom generation take their places in the publishing workplace. We should have concentrated a little less on their self-esteem and a little more on the three Rs.

While I salute the authors, the editors should be fired.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Frederick on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was very readable and easy to understand. It should be read by everyone who wants to obtain the best medical care or is concerned about rising health care costs. It deals with health care in the United States from a patient, doctor and national perspective. There is an excellent review of common serious diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Problems that may be inherent in use of the latest pill, technology, or procedure and the overuse of screening tests are well covered. The authors present a compelling case for better use of statistical approaches in modern medicine which should provide better treatment and reduced costs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Shaffer on January 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found MORE HARM THAN GOOD to be very well written, easy to read, interesting, and very informative. The book discusses statistics associated with many of the expensive and highly invasive medical procedures where the results may not justify either the expense or the invasion. In many situations, doing nothing could be the better course of action. This book helps clarify why the costs of medical care have soared, which also provides insights as to how we could possibly begin to regain control of the costs. I expect to use insights from this book in making future medical decisions for myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
MORE HARM THAN GOOD: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT COMMON TREATMENTS AND PROCEDURES should be a 'must' for any general-interest lending library strong in consumer health issues. It covers many common medical conditions commonly over-treated, considers other options, and tells how to discuss issues with a doctor. Included is a basic understanding of disease and health affecting such decisions.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucille Kaplan on May 6, 2009
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This is unquestionably the single most important work on health care policy to come into print for many decades. It is dazzling in its analysis of the true facts regarding medical service utilization, and more than courageous in its willingness to debunk the received wisdom of the U.S. medical establishment. Finally, in this incredibly original book, we have a painstakingly documented challenge to the cliche that clumsy administration by greedy payer organizations is the sole cause of the inefficiencies and inequities in our health care system. Instead, teaches Dr. Zelicoff, it is the widespread use of therapies not justifiable by outcome statistics, and the tragic under-utilization of demonstrably cost-effective therapies nationwide that are making health care both disappointing in result and unaffordable, at the same time. It is physicians' collective inability, moreover, to understand and apply basic statistical analysis that makes it unlikely that this state affairs will change, barring a quantum effort to re-educate. I would urge anyone interested in the future of health care to read this book very carefully, and to tell others about it, but I appeal to the authors to consider seeking a new publishing house for a subsequent edition. This beautifully composed book is tragically burdened by editing so poor that there are many occasions, in the book, when it is difficult to follow content because the text contains glaringly misconjugated verbs, dropped letters (such as when "thought" becomes "though"), and an assortment of confusing punctuation mishaps.Read more ›
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