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Author Hadler, Nortin M.

Title Worried sick : a prescription for health in an overtreated America / Nortin M. Hadler
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2008]


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Description 376 pages ; 25 cm
Series H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman series
H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman series.
Contents The Methuselah complex -- The heart of the matter -- Risky business : cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure -- You are not what you eat -- Gut check -- Breast cancer prevention : screening the evidence -- The beleaguered prostate -- Disease mongering -- Creakiness -- It's in your mind -- Aging is not a disease -- Working to death -- "Alternative" therapies are not "complementary" -- Assuring health, insuring disease
Summary "At a time when access to health care in the United States is being widely debated, Nortin Hadler argues that an even more important issue is being overlooked. Although necessary health care should be available to all who need it, he says, the current health-care debate assumes that everyone requires massive amounts of expensive care to stay healthy. Hadler urges that before we commit to paying for whatever pharmaceutical companies and the medical establishment tell us we need, American consumers need to adopt an attitude of skepticism regarding the claims of modern medicine and arm themselves with enough information to make some of their own decisions about what care is truly necessary."
Notes "A Caravan book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [311]-353) and index
Subject Health care reform -- United States.
Medical care -- Utilization -- United States.
Medical care -- United States.
Medical policy -- United States.
Older people -- Medical care -- United States.
Aging -- psychology.
Delivery of Health Care -- statistics & numerical data.
Health Policy.
Health Promotion.
Unnecessary Procedures -- statistics & numerical data.
United States.
Genre/Form Popular Work.
LC no. 2007042147
ISBN 0807831875 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807831878 (cloth : alk. paper)