- Paperback: 197 pages
- Publisher: Contemporary Books; 1 edition (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809241315
- ISBN-13: 978-0809241316
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
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All hail the Internet where free speech at least has a hearing. (Admittedly, where valuable stuff resides alongside a bunch of garbage. At least, we can decide for ourselves which is which and not have a newspaper decide for us. )
This book does not disappoint. I enjoy it.
I was present in a lecture at a convention when he was heckled by a naysayer, February 1984, in Pasadena, CA. The heckler said that many doctors work very hard and want to do the best they can to the point that they hurt their own health. Doctor Mendelsohn replied, "Yes, let me underscore what you have said. Doctors have the highest rate of broken marriages, divorces, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychotic breakdowns, and mental hospitalizations. That is why when I tell people when you are facing a doctor, you are facing one of the sickest members of society, especially women doctors..."
As direct and cruel as this statement may be, it is the truth. Dr. Mendelsohn attended the University of Chicago Medical School in the late 1940s-1950s. He was there during the Dieckmann Study which showed that DES was completely ineffectual in preventing miscarriages, yet it was prescribed for another 30 yrs and now we have the third and fourth generation of DES children. The mothers had a higher rate of breast cancer, the daughters and sons had high rates of reproductive tract abnormalities, cancers, and fertility problems, and the ones who were able to have children despite their problems now have children with the same problems. How cruel is that? These people never gave informed consent to this damage!
Dr. Mendelsohn spoke out against the rising rate of caesarean sections which are now over 50% in many areas, against vaccinations, against chemical contraception, episiotomies, IV feedings during labor, denial of breastfeeding, routine hysterectomies, and many more routine procedures that have dubious advantages. His advice is that the very best of American Medicine is in emergency care, so the only time to go to a doctor is when you are carried to a doctor, as in the treatment of shock, trauma, broken bones.
Some of the advice and examples are dated, but think about it. How much has really changed for the better in the past 40 yrs since this book was first written? The vaccine schedule has expanded, caesarean sections and labor inductions and augmentations are very routine, antidepressants are recommended more, and homebirth midwives are still harassed.