The Patient Paradox has arrived.

I am cringing rather, but I’ve written a book, and I hope that it will a useful contribution to the debate about the limits of medicine and what doctors are for. The book covers the making of well people into patients for little gain and often harm (screening), what is normal and not, the perverse political incentives that dictate what doctors do, and the real benefits of medicine. These I think are evidence based, compassionate, professional benefits – listening, taking time with patients, and generating the ‘placebo effect’ without the use of deceptive placebos.

You can search inside at Amazon, and the publishers have 20% off and free delivery here. All the references are available here with as many live links as possible, although of course many papers beyond the abstract are behind a paywall, with apologies.

Comments and criticisms welcome.


6 Responses to “The Patient Paradox has arrived.”

  1. michael February 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    I have ordered the Patient Paradox, and am looking forward to having my BP raised.

  2. Adrian Davis February 24, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Can we have an electronic version?

  3. Anne Marie Cunningham February 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Hello Margaret,
    Bought this last night and downloading now. Looking forward to reading++
    AM 🙂

  4. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney February 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    hello Anne Marie – many thanks. I hope it’s worth it. … do let me know what you think….