Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line

  • Title: Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line
  • Author: Sharon R. Kaufman
  • ISBN: 9780822358886
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ordinary Medicine Extraordinary Treatments Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line Most of us want and expect medicine s miracles to extend our lives In today s aging society however the line between life giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see it s being obscured b
    Most of us want and expect medicine s miracles to extend our lives In today s aging society, however, the line between life giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see it s being obscured by a perfect storm created by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, along with insurance companies In Ordinary Medicine Sharon R Kaufman investigates what drives thaMost of us want and expect medicine s miracles to extend our lives In today s aging society, however, the line between life giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see it s being obscured by a perfect storm created by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, along with insurance companies In Ordinary Medicine Sharon R Kaufman investigates what drives that storm s is better approach to medicine a nearly invisible chain of social, economic, and bureaucratic forces that has made once extraordinary treatments seem ordinary, necessary, and desirable Since 2002 Kaufman has listened to hundreds of older patients, their physicians and family members express their hopes, fears, and reasoning as they faced the line between enough and too much intervention Their stories anchor Ordinary Medicine Today s medicine, Kaufman contends, shapes nearly every American s experience of growing older, and ultimately medicine is undermining its own ability to function as a social good Kaufman s careful mapping of the sources of our health care dilemmas should make it far easier to rethink and renew medicine s goals.

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    About Sharon R. Kaufman


    1. Sharon R Kaufman is Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco She is the author ofAnd a Time to Die How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life.


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    1. *Thanks to NetGalley and Duke University Press for the opportunity to read and review an advance reader's copy of Ordinary Medicine.In Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line, Sharon R. Kaufman, a medical anthropologist, poses the question of “when, where, and how to draw the line” when it comes to medical care for the aging, particularly toward the end of life. Kaufman states that “a nearly invisible chain of social economic, and bureaucratic [...]

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    2. I found this book fascinating. As a physician I deeply appreciate the perspective, history and ethical evaluations this book provides to understand the forces that currently shape medicine in the US. I read the book with increasing interest. The author writes as a scholar, but the book is quite readable. She explains that "Ordinary Medicine" is beneath the radar and has been formed by the forces of funding/reimbursement--focusing on Medicare, an aging society and the shift from patriarchal medic [...]

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    3. Although published by an academic press, this book is written in easy prose and many non-academic readers would find this book relevant and interesting. Kaufman tackles the fundamental question facing medicine in the US today: while it is possible to extend human life longer and longer with new technologies, how much is too much? She points out that the "medical-industrial complex" as well as Medicare force doctors to provide new technologies for old patients. But should decisions on what option [...]

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    4. I was asked to review this book by the Nursing Times Journal.Description: This is an interesting and thought provoking book. this focuses on the older patient. In this day and age and the ever increasing advances in medicine do we as clinicians and healthcare practitioners do too much? When is enough? This book gives the reader a little breathing space to re-evaluate and review our practices. Highlights: The chapter concerning chemotherapy and giving a patient perhaps longer to live was really t [...]

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    5. Ordinary Medicine is one of those books that is simultaneously deeply disturbing and enlightening. Having lived through the reality of both of my elderly parents being offered--and accepting and demanding--extraordinary medical treatments that extended (but at a huge cost in all ways) their lives by perhaps a few years--reading this book was validation of the ethical complexities of it all. Where to draw the line?--indeed--is the multi-billion dollar question we all need to ask ourselves.

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    6. Ordinary Medicine looks at the advances in medical science from the perspective of geriatric and/or end of life medicine. It provides insights into decision making for feeding tubes, liver transplants, dialysis, pacemakers, IEDs, bypass surgery etc. It is very helpful for making end of life decions for parents or self.

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    7. Interesting and thought-provoking.

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