Dr. Brawley does an excellent job of showing how American medicine, with profit as the bottom line (propped up by insurance companies, Big Pharma, and often-faulty research that is manipulated to making fear the driving factor for patients), does more harm than good in most cases under the pretense of providing “health” care.
Dr. Brawley’s caution, cynicism, and rational, analytical, reality-based approach to practicing medicine (he is an oncologist on staff at Emery University and works at Grady Hospital, the low-to-no-income hospital in Atlanta) is, sadly, the exception rather than the norm in the medical profession.
But as Dr. Brawley eloquently and factually lays out how the United States’ health care system works and why he eschews it in favor of his patients (many of whom are not indigent and end up in his care after being harmed – eventually, fatally – by traditional American medicine practices), there is a sense of outrage at the lies and harm, because of greed, that Americans are told and suffer.
Like Dr. Brawley, I personally do not see our present medical system disappearing or even being slowed down by books like this. We the people are too sucked in to the web of deceit, over time, to accept that people who supposedly have our best interests at heart actually don’t care about us, but instead see us profit-generator.
But, also like Dr. Brawley, I continue to beat the same drum he does in this book, with this blog providing education and practical information on everything related to dementia (types, care, medications, myths, fallacies, and deep research) and approaching this very personal-to-me topic with the same caution, cynicism, and rational, analytical, reality-based approach that Dr. Brawley practices oncology with.
We may be the only two people in this country who dare to speak truth with regard to medical practices and who are genuinely concerned for and care about the people involved more than anything else, but I’m glad to know that I am not all alone (Dr. Brawley discusses this as well), as it often can seem.