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The Patient Paradox – Why Sexed-up Medicine is Bad for Your Health
Author: Margaret McCartney
Publisher: Pinter & Martin
It is a brave doctor who argues in opposition to the medical dogma of the day. I would like to meet Margaret McCartney, the Glasgow GP and author of this provocative book, who writes with conviction against the value of modern medical screening.
This book reminds me of The Tyranny of Health, written by Hackney-based GP Michael Fitzpatrick, which offered similar views on aspects of the 2004 general medical services contract, as well as the vast amount of public money spent on preventive health care. Dr McCartney offers convincing arguments against the usefulness of a number of current screening programmes, such as breast cancer, cytology, cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer, as well as the modern trend to encourage people to feel positive about ‘fighting’ personal disease in the belief that it will bring benefits.
This book will appeal to nurses who wish to influence future health service provision and how public money is spent. After all, the dogma of the day is often deemed to be tomorrow’s nonsense. It also looks at issues relating to the pharmaceutical industry and health messages exploited by the media.
I hope that this book provokes an intelligent national debate.
Reviewer: Lynn Young
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