How We Can Reinvent Medicine to Extend Our Best YearsBook - 2012
Two health affairs experts offer a technology-based solution to repair a system that squanders resources on hopeless situations instead of actually improving health and describe reforms that would eliminate chronic diseases and promote life-long health. 20,000 first printing.
Our health care system is crippled by desperate efforts to prevent the inevitable. A third of the national Medicare budget—nearly 175 billion—is spent on the final year of life, and a third of that amount on the final month, often on expensive (and futile) treatments. Such efforts betray a fundamental flaw in how we think about healthcare: we squander resources on hopeless situations, instead of using them to actually improve health.
An optimistic plan for reducing or eliminating many chronic diseases as well as reforming our faltering medical system, Predictive Health is a deeply knowledgeable, deeply humane proposal for how we can reallocate expenses and resources to prolong the best years of life, rather than extending the worst.
Written by educators, investigators, practitioners, and administrators in biomedicine, this book is an exploration and interpretation of the transdisciplinary and transinstitutional strategy of predictive health put forth by Emory University. Part one explores disease as medical failure and the pursuit of health. Part two is concerned with genomes, epigenomes, biomarkers, cyber- and technohealth, and the correlation between research and healthcare. Part three discusses health in relation to disease and remedies, and part four addresses paradigm, global health, and the Square Wave Life. Notes and a list of additional reading sources are included. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)