A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System Is Failing the Elderly

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Greystone Books, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
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What’s worse than the failure of the health care system to adequately care for seniors? The fact that it’s actually doing them harm. In A Bitter Pill, Dr. John Sloan investigates the reasons why the medical community is unable to provide lasting health to seniors, concluding that incorrect assumptions have led to the current health crisis among the elderly. In a remarkable argument, Sloan contends that medical measures based in prevention actually do seniors more harm than good, diminishing their current quality of life in the hopes of preventing future disease. Sloan maintains that we must understand what those in poor health really need — a way to enjoy the final stages of their lives. A valuable resource for caregivers, nurses, doctors, and children of the elderly, this book may just turn the tide of medical misconception that has plagued the senior community.

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This is an amazingly good book by a caring insightful person who needs to be taken very seriously. It needs to be read by not only every health professional but also every patient and family.

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John Sloan, MD is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly. He has done original research in drug therapy in the elderly, and published numerous articles on care of the elderly, and authored a textbook on Primary Care Geriatrics, Protocols in Primary Care Geriatrics, which was re-issued as a Second Edition, and translated into Japanese. He has lectured throughout Canada and in Europe and the United States, and is sought-after as an inspirational speaker on geriatrics. Dr. Sloan holds a degree in English and Philosophy, as well as a graduate degree in Biology. Non-medical interests include bluegrass and Burgundy. He lives with his wife in Vancouver and Roberts Creek.

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