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Can Medicine Be Cured?


Can Medicine Be Cured?

The Corruption of a Profession

von: Seamus O'Mahony

12,49 €

Verlag: Head Of Zeus
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 07.02.2019
ISBN/EAN: 9781788544535
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 256

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Seamus O'Mahony skewers the delusions that make modern medicine so overweening and so insecure. He writes about the illusion of progress, the notion that more and more diseases can be 'conquered' ad infinitum. He punctures the fallacy of consumerism, the idea that healthcare can be endlessly adapted to the wishes of individuals as if they were customers in a supermarket. He excoriates the claims of Big Science, the spending of vast sums on research follies like the Human Genome Project that promise to isolate a gene and a cure for every ailment. O'Mahony insists that Freud created a climate where we all see ourselves as needing therapy, and the world as a vast clinic where non-medical difficulties deserve to be treated. One of the most dangerous fallacies is our over-reliance on metrics and our neglect of things that can't easily be measured, like compassion. And medicine also suffers from the illusion that empathy can be taught, that doctors can feel what their patients are feeling. This is, the author writes, self serving and deluded.
Seamus O'Mahony spent many years working for the National Health Service in Britain. He now lives and practises medicine in his native Cork, in the south of Ireland. His acclaimed first book, The Way We Die Now, was published in 2016, and has been translated into Swedish and Japanese. It won a BMA Book Award in 2017.

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