How doctors are betraying their oath
Two world-leading doctors reveal the true state of modern medicine and how doctors are letting their patients down. In Hippocrasy, rheumatologist and epidemiologist Rachelle Buchbinder and orthopaedic surgeon Ian Harris argue that the benefits of medical treatments are often wildly overstated and the harms understated. That overtreatment and overdiagnosis are rife. And the medical system is not fit for purpose: designed to deliver health care not health. This powerful exposé reveals the tests, drugs, and treatments that provide little or no benefit for patients and the inherent problem of a medical system based on treating rather than preventing illness. The book also provides tips to empower patients--do I really need this treatment? What are the risks? Are there simpler, safer options? What happens if I do nothing? Plus solutions to help restructure how medicine is delivered to help doctors live up to their Hippocratic Oath.
About this Author
Professor Rachelle Buchbinder AO is a physician specialising in rheumatology and a clinical epidemiologist. She is known internationally as a vocal proponent of evidence-based medicine and her landmark studies that have evaluated treatments that have been accepted into practice prior to their proper evaluation. She was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to epidemiology and rheumatology in 2020. Professor Ian Harris AM is an orthopaedic surgeon and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is known internationally for his research and his support of evidence-based practice. He is the author of Surgery, the Ultimate Placebo, has higher degrees in evidence-based medicine and surgical outcomes, and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to orthopaedic surgery.
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