First do no harm

Newly published ‘The Patient Paradox – why sexed-up medicine is bad for your health’ takes an in-depth look at how modern day medicine/screening/medicalisation has evolved – looks at particular screening programmes in turn and, with honesty and in everyday language, explains what each can and can’t do along with explanations of relevant research – what everyone needs to know before they accept (or ask for) screening.

If you were a doctor or nurse caught up in the screening industry, how difficult would it be to speak out and upset the apple cart? And I wonder how many people working within screening programmes actually have all the facts?

It’s not only patients/patient advocates who have become concerned at the (usually undisclosed) burden of harm caused by screening. Margaret McCartney, a GP who wants ‘to be able make ill people better’ rather than being involved in turning people into patients, writes, ‘ If you are ill, you may have to be persistent and determined to get help. GPs have to be persistent too. Yet if you are well, you are at risk of being checked and screened into patienthood, given preventive medication for something you’ll never get, or treated for something you haven’t got.’

If you are a screening advocate and consider yourself open-minded, do read this book. If you are a member of the public, do read this book!

If your business was built around screening, would you want to admit to the harms, past and current (your life’s work, your income base)?

Dr McCartney ‘argues that too much testing of well people and not enough care for the sick worsens health inequalities and drains professionalism, harming both those who need treatment and those who don’t.’

This book gives the public information that screening programmes should have been offering, but have not – and much more. If you value your health, I mostly strongly recommend ‘The Patient Paradox’ by Margaret McCartney, practising GP and award-winning author. Published by Pinter and Martin £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78066-000-4


About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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