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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Language

English

Pages

297

Publication Date

October 07, 2014

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<p><b></b><br /><b>In <i>Being Mortal</i>, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending</b><br /><b></b><br />Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.</p><p>Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.<br />Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, <i>Being Mortal</i> asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.</p>
Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health
by Ken D. Berry MD

Language

English

Pages

158

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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Has your doctor lied to you? <br /><br />Chances are he has, and most likely unknowingly. If you've been misled by bad medical advice your health will suffer. It is time you discover the truth. Medical research is expanding so quickly that only the most dedicated doctors can keep up with it all. Is your doctor that dedicated?<br /><br />Lies My Doctor Told Me reveals the truth behind the lies told by well-meaning doctors. Whether it's recommending a low-fat diet, or warning you to avoid the sun, these medical lies can cause really harm to your health. <br /><br />Does your doctor still recommend that you avoid cholesterol and eat lots of whole-grains? What about a paleo diet or ketogenic diet, have they been mentioned in an office visit? So much of the nutrition and lifestyle advice doctors give is just plain wrong, and that can be dangerous. This book will help you sort through the medical myths and the outright lies, and begin to develop a health partnership with your doctor.<br /><br />This book will teach you:<br />--the truth about whole wheat's effect on the human body<br />--whether milk is good for you<br />--the facts about fat intake on your heart health<br />--how the Food Pyramid came into existence<br />--the dangers and benefits of hormone therapy<br />--the truth about salt<br />--how doctors think about prevention and nutrition<br />--much more<br /><br />Order LIES MY DOCTOR TOLD ME today, as your first step towards a better diet, better health, and a better relationship with your doctor.
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande

Language

English

Pages

225

Publication Date

December 15, 2009

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<p><b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Better</i> and <i>Complications</i> reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist</b></p><p>We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. </p><p>In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds. </p><p>An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, <i>The Checklist Manifesto</i> is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.</p>
How to Analyze People: Mastery Guide – Master Speed Reading Any...
by David Clark

Language

English

Pages

104

Publication Date

January 31, 2018

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<h2><strong>MASTER HOW TO SPEED READ AND ANALYZE PEOPLE!</strong></h2><p>Do you have it in you to read people correctly through verbal and nonverbal clues they are continuously and subconsciously giving away?</p><p>The magic weapon to understanding and helping people is to identify their inner feelings and emotions. People who are able to identify the feelings of others and channel them in the right direction can be wonderful leaders. It will not only help your personal relationships, but it will also increase your professional performance and social skill.</p><p>Do you believe everything we need to know to succeed in life is taught to us in educational institutes? Unfortunately not. The real skills that we need to do well in our daily life are communicating with different personalities and developing emotional intelligence. We sharpen our emotional intelligence when we learn to deal with different types of people. These are the skills that draw a line between average and exceptionally successful people.</p><p>Like many skills we hone in life, people reading isn’t something that comes naturally to us. It is an art that is developed through consistent observation, practice and effort. You need to consciously practice reading people and gain insights into their personality using the tips mentioned in this handbook.</p><p>​<strong>Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect: </strong></p><ul><li>Proven strategies for studying a person’s body language</li><li>The body language of attraction</li><li>Deciphering types of personalities to better understand people</li><li>Power-packed tips for communicating with each personality type</li><li>Near accurate tips for spotting deception, manipulation and lies</li><li><strong>and much, much more </strong></li></ul><p><strong>So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy today and dive into the world of human psychology and behavior!</strong></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><br /><br />
You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and ...
by Daniela Lamas

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<b><b>"Gripping, soaring, inspiring."--Atul Gawande, author of <i>Being Mortal<br /><br /></i></b></b><b>For readers of Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman, a book of beautifully crafted stories about what life is like for patients kept alive by modern medical technology.<br /><br /></b>Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, or years as a result of our treatments and technologies?<br /><br />In <i>You Can Stop Humming Now</i>, Lamas explores the complex answers to this question through intimate accounts of patients and their families. A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near fatal overdose and returned home, alive but not the same; and a young woman navigating an adulthood she never thought she'd live to see -- these moving narratives paint a detailed picture of the fragile border between sickness and health.<br /><br />Riveting, gorgeously told, and deeply personal, <i>You Can Stop Humming Now </i>is a compassionate, uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face. <br /><br />
An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How ...
by Elisabeth Rosenthal

Language

English

Pages

407

Publication Date

April 11, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller/<i>Washington Post</i> Notable Book of 2017/NPR Best Books of 2017/<i>Wall Street Journal</i> Best Books of 2017 <br /><br />"This book will serve as the definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America.”<b><b>—</b>Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i> and <i>The Gene</i></b>  <br /><br />At a moment of drastic political upheaval, <i>An American Sickness </i>is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems.</b><br /><br /> In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast? <br /><br /> Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries—the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers—that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw. <br /><br /> The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. <i>An American Sickness</i> is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.
Medicare For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
by Patricia Barry

Language

English

Pages

432

Publication Date

September 25, 2017

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<ul> <li>Get tips on navigating the Medicare maze</li> <li>Determine the best time to enroll—and how</li> <li>Save money by avoiding costly mistakes</li> </ul> <p><b>Medicare made easy</b> <p>So you've become eligible for Medicare, or perhaps a loved one is ready to join. Now what? This book answers all the questions you'll face as you navigate your way through this often-intimidating new terrain. You'll find out how to get all the benefits you qualify for and avoid the pitfalls that could cost you dearly. Making sense of Medicare can seem insurmountable—but this guide gives you the accurate, practical information you need to overcome the confusion and wield your Medicare card with confidence! <p><b>Inside…</b> <ul> <li>Enroll at the right time</li> <li>Reduce out-of-pocket expenses</li> <li>Know your rights</li> <li>Find out what's covered</li> <li>Decide which options are best</li> <li>Deal with Medigap coverage</li> </ul>
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alz...
by , Peter V. Rabins

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

April 23, 2017

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<P>Through five editions, <I>The 36-Hour Day </I>has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. <I>The 36-Hour Day</I> will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.</P><P>Featuring useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition includes new information on</P><P>• devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia• strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms• changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws• palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship• dementia due to traumatic brain injury• choosing a residential care facility• support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members</P><P>The central idea underlying the book—that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them—remains the same. <I>The 36-Hour Day </I>is the definitive dementia care guide.</P>
In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Po...
by Rana Awdish

Language

English

Pages

265

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<p><b>A riveting first-hand account of a physician who's suddenly a dying patient, <i>In Shock "</i>searches for a glimmer of hope in life’s darkest moments, and finds it.” —<i>The Washington Post</i></b></p><p>Dr. Rana Awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn first child. But after her first visit, Dr. Awdish spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and experiencing multiple overlapping organ failures. At each step of the recovery process, Awdish was faced with something even more unexpected: repeated cavalier behavior from her fellow physicians—indifference following human loss, disregard for anguish and suffering, and an exacting emotional distance. </p><p>Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written, <i>In Shock</i> allows the reader to transform alongside Awidsh and watch what she discovers in our carefully-cultivated, yet often misguided, standard of care. Awdish comes to understand the fatal flaws in her profession and in her own past actions as a physician while achieving, through unflinching presence, a crystalline vision of a new and better possibility for us all. </p><p>As Dr. Awdish finds herself up against the same self-protective partitions she was trained to construct as a medical student and physician, she artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection. Shatteringly personal, and yet wholly universal, she offers a brave road map for anyone navigating illness while presenting physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for embracing the emotional bond between doctor and patient.</p>
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly...
by Lindsey Fitzharris

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p><b>Winner, 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing</b><br /><b>Short-listed for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize</b><br /><b>A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2017, <i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><b>A Best History Book of 2017, </b><b><i>The Guardian</i> </b></p><p><b>"Warning: She spares no detail!" —Erik Larson, bestselling author of <i>Dead Wake</i> </b></p><p>In <i>The Butchering Art</i>, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875. She conjures up early operating theaters—no place for the squeamish—and surgeons, who, working before anesthesia, were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would solve the riddle and change the course of history.</p><p>Fitzharris dramatically reconstructs Lister’s career path to his audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection and could be countered by a sterilizing agent applied to wounds. She introduces us to Lister’s contemporaries—some of them brilliant, some outright criminal—and leads us through the grimy schools and squalid hospitals where they learned their art, the dead houses where they studied, and the cemeteries they ransacked for cadavers.</p><p>Eerie and illuminating, <i>The Butchering Art</i> celebrates the triumph of a visionary surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world.</p>

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