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A fierce, honest, elegant and often hilarious debunking of the great fallacies that drive modern medicine.

Seamus O'Mahony writes about the illusion of progress, the notion that more and more diseases can be 'conquered' ad infinitum. He punctures the idiocy of consumerism, the idea that healthcare can be endlessly adapted to the wishes of individuals. He excoriates the claims of Big Science, the spending of vast sums on research follies like the Human Genome Project. And he highlights one of the most dangerous errors of industrialized medicine: an over-reliance on metrics and a neglect of things that can't easily be measured, like compassion.

©2019 Seamus O'Mahony (P)2019 Head of Zeus

Critic Reviews

"A deeply fascinating and rousing book." (Mail on Sunday)

"What makes this book a delightful, if unsettling read, is not just O'Mahony's scholarly and witty prose, but also his brutal honesty." (The Times)

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  • 16-09-2020

Great book, shame about the narration

A fabulously challenging and thought provoking book. O'Mahony suggests that the medical industrial complex is there to support itself and well meaning medics are lost in a system designed to perpetuate life and illness. He alludes regularly to the social determinants of health and the levers needed to heal medicine but politically will they ever be utilised?

The narration however is distracting and frustrating. There are many misprounounciations and a general sense that you're listening to a computerised voice rather than someone reading the text. It is very annoying and did impact on my attention to the text itself at times.

Definitely one to read, but maybe get it as and actual book rather than the Audible.

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