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Do We Still Need Doctors?: A Physician's Personal Account of Practicing Medicine Today (Reflective Bioethics) (Reflective Bioethics)
Do We Still Need Doctors A Physician's Personal Account of Practicing Medicine Today - Reflective Bioethics
Author: John D., MD Lantos
ISBN-13: 9780415924955
ISBN-10: 0415924952
Publication Date: 10/1999
Pages: 214
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Publisher: Routledge
Book Type: Hardcover
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Pediatrician and bioethicist Lantos takes a hard look at what doctors currently do and what they might be doing and examines which of those activities others could do as well or better. He scrutinizes current problems and misconceptions. What does the much higher CPR success rate of TV doctors compared to real doctors do to our expectations? Did we ever have a good-old-days doctor-patient relationship? Why does medicine nowadays play down prevention and teaching to emphasize curing and research? Should the doctor always tell a patient the truth? When a doctor makes a mistake, what should happen and to whom? Lantos asks a lot of questions but gives few answers, for he wants doctors and patients to apply their own reasoning to find answers. Properly read, the book is hard work, but readers stand to learn much. If it just makes many uncomfortable, it will have achieved Lantos' goal. William Beatty --