Book #4: How We Do Harm, A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America (2011). By Otis Webb Brawley, MD with Paul Goldberg
A Doctor Breaks Ranks
About Being Sick in America
This book is a sober reminder to be as wise, informed, and as active a health-care consumer as possible – and to help those we advocate for to be well informed when using health-care services.
Otis (the author likes to go by his first name) is a special person. He loves medicine – lives in the beast of the health-care system – but clearly wants to see the practice of medicine evolve into something much better. The man clearly walks his talk.
This book is easy to read. It’s organized into short, true stories that make their points as subtlety as a freight train bearing down on you. It’s a non-fiction, page turner from page one. You’ll come away with more insight into health disparities, medical ethics, end-of-life treatment, for-profit influences, and health-care supply and demand issues.