Book #8: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Atul Gawande
Medicine is a unique profession. It is equal parts art, science and technology. Some patients practically read the textbooks and others simply defy the odds requiring careful sleuthing and continual study. And for all the progress the last century has brought to the practice of medicine, there are still limits to what physicians can do. Voltaire once said, “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the diseases.” For all the pomp in the tradition of medicine, physicians are continually humbled by the intricacy and complexity of caring for the human body. In this book, Atul Gawande shares his experience as a surgical resident and explores both the art and science of medicine. It is a must read for both physicians and patients.
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Book #7: The Case Against Obamacare, Avik Roy
A lot of attention is being paid to Obamacare. Some claim that it saved their lives. Other say that it is itself in a death spiral. Without doubt, Obamacare has been the largest, most comprehensive legislative package affecting the delivery of health care. And the effects of Obamacare (for good or ill) will be felt by every patient and every doctor. So why is Obamacare so criticized? Why is it overall such a bad piece of legislation? In this book Avik Roy explains the reasons why Obamacare is a policy disaster. Bottom line, it comes down to, Incentives Matter.
Book #15: America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System, Steven Brill
Obamacare has been one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed in the past decade. Statements like, “You have to pass the bill to see what is in it” illustrate the backroom pandering and Washington politics that permeated the passage and rollout of healthcare reform. In this book, Steven Brill discusses the climate that lead to healthcare reform, the working/passage of obamacare and the bungled rollout of the healthcare regulations and exchanges. In it he gives a critique of the law and his recommendations for real healthcare reform.
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