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Hippocrates' Shadow


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"A clear-sighted, heartfelt, and humane story of the needless tests and treatments that cripple health care -- and how to get rid of them. As a guide to good medicine, it may help us get back to the essence of what good doctors do: be with patients in healing."-- Samuel Shem, M.D., author of "The House of God, Mount Misery," and "The Spirit of the Place"
"There are few books that I really almost cannot put down, but "Hippocrates' Shadow" is one. A stunning indictment of current medical practice by a hard-headed doc tested in big-city emergency rooms, combat hospitals in Iraq, and at his mom's bedside. If your doctor is this frank with you, you are a very lucky patient, and you are getting a lot better (and sometimes a lot less) treatment than most."-- Melvin Konner, MD, PhD, author of "Becoming a Doctor"
"In "Hippocrates' Shadow," Dr. Newman sits us down for the doctor-patient chat we've been longing for -- a refreshingly candid, daringly inquisitive discussion of the uneasiness that exists on both sides of the medical care equation these days. There is a cure for what ails us, and Newman doses it in thoughtful, perceptive proposals that make good sense. In the end, everyone feels a whole lot better. There is hope."-- Amy Silverstein, author of "Sick Girl"
"Dr. Newman's book is insightful and thought provoking. He teaches the reader about aspects of medicine that many of us, lay people as well as physicians, do not understand or appreciate, including the imperfection of the 'science' of medicine as well as the progressive loss of the 'art of medicine.' Anyone who wishes to better understand the promise and limitations of medicine should read this book."-- Geoffrey Kurland, M.D., author of "My Own Medicine: A Doctor's Life as a Patient"

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