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Life in The Deadly World of Medicine Paperback – February 20, 2009
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I had the experience of taking my 4 week old infant to the hospital to be admitted for RSV, a respiratory infection that is fatal in infants. I was grateful that I had read this book. It might have kept my baby alive! --Maggie Ruch, Norfolk VA
From the Author
Despite its faults, the medical system in the Western world saves thousands of lives every day, often with knowledge and techniques only dreamed of a generation oast. It would be foolhardy to stay away alltogether because of the faults. Most of its errors fall under the category of stupid mistakes. These can be avioded with a little thought and painstaking attention to detail, and by adherence to a system of double-checking everything risky. Most doctors are good men and women who want patients to get well without problems of any kind. But in self-defense, people must always be aware of the particular circumstances of the medical system. As with the jungle, people go to it; it does not come to them, and unprepared or unwary, they go there on its terms.
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There is more pressure and fatigue afftecting medical staff than ever yet they are expected to be perfect. This is unrealistic - take responsibility for yourself.