Too Big to Succeed

Profiteering in American Medicine

by Russell J. Andrews MD DEd



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/19/2013

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Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781475971286
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781475971293
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781475971309

About the Book

Medicine in the United States is big business. We spend 50 percent more on health care per capita than other developed countries, but a multitude of measures indicate that we are not getting health-care value for our money. In Too Big to Succeed, author Dr. Russell J. Andrews details why health care in America has become more expensive but less effective and outlines a new paradigm for health-care delivery.

Too Big to Succeed describes how American medicine is on an unsustainable course: costs are increasing while benefits are deteriorating in comparison with other developed nations. Beginning with the Hippocratic Oath and the the premedical student, Andrews traces the myriad ways in which the profit motive has infiltrated American medicine—including medical school training, current models of health-care delivery, medical professional societies, medical research, and medical drug and device development.

Presenting an insider’s look into the current crisis in health care, Andrews demonstrates that until both the physician and the patient return to the relationship that underlies medicine, physicians will not experience the joy of healing those who seek their help and patients will not appreciate that a good physician is a permanent part of their lives.

About the Author

Russell J. Andrews, has experienced medicine as a US Army flight surgeon, as a neurosurgeon in both university and private practice settings, and as a medical researcher and device developer. He has authored or coauthored over one hundred book chapters and journal articles. Andrews lives and practices in Los Gatos, California. He and his wife have two adult daughters and one grandson.