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False Hopes: Why Americas Quest for Perfect Health Is a Recipe for Failure

Callahan, Daniel

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ISBN 10: 068481109X / ISBN 13: 9780684811093
Verlag: Simon & Schuster 1998-04-10, US, 1998
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Titel: False Hopes: Why Americas Quest for Perfect ...

Verlag: Simon & Schuster 1998-04-10, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Sure to spark heated debate, this ground-breaking book by one of the nation's leading experts on medical ethics traces the root cause of America's health-care crisis not to inefficient organization or waste, but rather to society's and the medical community's relentless quest for perfection. Seeking to find a cure for every disease, seeming to attempt to extend life indefinitely, and giving priority to individual rather than societal needs, today's medicine distorts a reasonable approach to medical goals and in the process makes health delivery increasingly unaffordable.Daniel Callahan boldly proposes a sustainable medicine that gives priority to preventing and treating diseases that afflict the many rather than the few, improves the quality of life, and focuses our necessarily limited resources on primary care and public health. It is in our power to make health care affordable and available to everyone if we respect and accept the biological limits to good health.


For most of human history, infectious diseases have claimed more lives than other classes of disease. Now chronic diseases--heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes--are most prevalent, even in the developing world. Many of these conditions result from lifestyle choices; smoking alone is thought to cause about one fourth of all deaths in the United States. So what is medical science supposed to do? Should it pick up the pieces of bodies shattered by choice, at increasing costs to society, or should it find another role? In this fascinating exploration of what medicine has become and what it could be, medical ethicist Daniel Callahan votes for the latter. He argues passionately for a "sustainable medicine," one in which society and science work together to promote public health and wellness but accept the limited ability of medicine to fix everything that can possibly go wrong. Sustainable medicine, in Callahan's view, is one in which innovation continues but is also one in which we all accept that humans will "sicken, age, whither, and die" and that science cannot keep us alive forever. Ultimately, False Hopes presents a positive message: while science can often fix what's broken, becoming truly well is something we determine through the way we live our lives.

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