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Rise and Fall of the American Medical Empire: A Trench Doctor's View of the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Healthcare System Paperback – January 15, 2010

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Winner in the Current Events Category of the

2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - --Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Honored as a Finalist in the "Best New Non-Fiction" category --Best Books 2010 Awards

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There are four major dilemmas at work in the rapid decline of the United States’ healthcare system: the disappearing primary care sector, healthcare insurance reform, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the practice of medicine, and reform of malpractice litigation. Dr. Robert A. Linden provides a comprehensive, straightforward explanation of these four dilemmas, from the perspective of a primary care physician who has spent more than 30 years working directly with patients. He has witnessed first-hand how changes in the system have impacted patients and physicians. Dr. Linden sorts out the fragments of information that most people receive through the media. He fills in the blanks to provide a full, clear picture of what’s wrong with the U.S. healthcare system. He then offers a review of proposed solutions, and highlights what several other countries have done to reform their healthcare systems. The Rise & Fall of the American Medical Empire will leave you with a clear and disturbing understanding of what is wrong with our healthcare system and what we have to change―fast.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934716081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934716083
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James A. Brennan Jr. on February 20, 2010
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In the midst of our national health care emergency, Dr. Robert Linden has produced a book that tackles the critical issues head-on from the front line vantage point of a personal care physician who has spent the last thirty years working directly with his patients. If you are curious about the drugs you are taking, the health insurance policy your company offers, the explosion of health care premiums, malpractice claims or the dearth of doctors in primary care, this book is a must read. If you are wondering why your congressman and senator seem to flail about hopelessly in a vain search for a system other countries have already successfully implemented, Dr. Linden gives a detailed look at the UK, France, Taiwan, Canada, the Netherlands and what the US can learn from each. He shows what works, what doesn't and how our leaders can reform the present system to meet the health care needs of our citizens. When you are done reading the book, send it on to your congressman. It may be our only hope of enacting successful health care reform!
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Sunrise River Press has produced a gem of a book with The Rise and Fall of the American Medical Empire. It is refreshing to have a Primary Care Physician share his forty years of experience and knowledge with such eloquent writing style. The in depth descriptions of today's pharmaceutical and insurance industries taught me much in a short time. There are clear views into the worlds of hospitals, medical schools, malpractice litigation, and government programs, both here and abroad. Were a calamity to strike my family or me, I can now make intelligent protocol decisions. Perhaps our elected officials will study this informative work, and direct our future health care to the more sustainable and practical application of medicine, which Dr. Linden so aptly prescribes.
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Dr.Linden's "Rise and Fall..." is a must read for anyone concerned about the future of medicine and primary care in the United States,in particular for those entering the profession and contemplating a career in Internal Medicine or Family Practice. As a general Internist, whose started a solo practice in 1976 when a well trained Internist was an Intensivist and consultant to General Surgeons,Ob-Gyns,Orthopods,and G.P.s,I find that Dr. Linden very accurately covers the same issues that I have observed , experienced and read about over the last 34 years ,that have drastically changed the role of the General Internist.This book is extremely well written,accurate, well footnoted and informative and will ring true for any physician who reads it.I will be sending copies to my 2 daughters at Einstein and Dartmouth Med Schools."

Alan R. Cohen M.D.
Oakland,Ca
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The best healthcare in the world has been disputed far and wide for many different reasons. "The Rise & Fall of the American Medical Empire: A Trench Doctor's View of the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Healthcare System" is one Doctor's criticism of the modern American healthcare system and its many, many flaws. Outlining these flaws with examples of his own experience, he comes to readers with his own ideas on how to repair it, "The Rise & Fall of the American Medical Empire" is an enlightening and informative read.
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Dr. Linden bills himself as a 'trench doctor' with a lifetime of experience in healthcare, but he is also, clearly, a 'trenchant doctor', writing with extraordinary clarity. Having followed the healthcare debate with some interest over the past year, I have found nothing so balanced, so well documented, so comprehensive, yet so completely understandable.
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