Healthcare is the top cause of all our overdue debts and personal bankruptcy. Our medical spending per person is double that of other countries’, but fully half the treatments are ineffective or harmful. Immense, predatory industries such as angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery victimize us. These procedures cause complications and deaths, but few patients survive even a day longer. Most back and endoscopic knee surgeries are equally worthless.
Seventy percent of us are on prescriptions, and 20 percent take over five. One in six uses psychiatric medicine, which commonly causes irreversible brain damage and premature death. Millions are now addicted to prescription opioids. Fifty-thousand people die each year from overdoses.
The FDA allows big Pharma to falsify the studies required to patent drugs. These corporations hire armies of ghostwriters to stuff websites and medical journal articles with marketing lies. Finding the truth is now nearly impossible. But all this gets overlooked as the companies pay billions of dollars in criminal settlements nearly every year.
Money short-circuits everyone’s integrity, but there is an alternative. Patients and doctors can still prevail. Learn the system, and you can too.
REVIEWS: BUTCHERED BY "HEALTHCARE"
FROM A PHYSICIAN STATISTICIAN:
Skeletons in the medical closet that we need to know.
Rarely are the weeds of healthcare exciting, but this book is an exception. It is a bold charge into the entire medical complex – fast-paced, personal, clear, and real. You not only understand what Dr. Yoho is writing, but you are also excited by it. The accusations here may not all hold up completely intact, and most physicians will probably strongly disagree with at least some of them. On the other hand, most physicians would accept that the forces that Dr. Yoho has identified as shaping medical care are real, pervasive, and toxic. He deserves enormous credit for the extensive research he pulled from medical science, economics, and human psychology to identify these forces.
This book sharpened my understanding of practices familiar to me, e.g., physicians' relationship to pharmaceutical companies. It opened my eyes to problems I never realized existed, e.g., the FDA's dependency on money from the pharmaceutical industry. For anyone burdened by complacency with our health care system, this book will be a terrific antidote.
FROM A MEDICAL REPORTER:
I have read many books that expose corruption and profiteering in established medicine. However, most focus on a specific aspect of healthcare, such as patient care, costs, or issues with a specialty.
"Butchered by Healthcare" is the first book I have encountered that covers the entire sad spectrum of today's healthcare from the structural biases of insurance, hospitals, clinical trials, and data mining to dangerous drugs and devices to shocking excesses in orthopedics, cardiology, mental health, oncology and pain medicine.
This is also the first medical expose I have found that is fun to read thanks to Dr. Yoho's down-to-earth, droll writing style. Most books by medical professionals are dry, treatise-like, and a chore to read; "Butchered by Healthcare" is irreverent, buoyant, and playful.
Dr. Yoho is not afraid to expose lucrative and well-accepted medical procedures and treatments that don't work--and the powerful associations that push them. "Butchered by Healthcare" will not win him friends within these groups but will among medical professionals and patients who seek to give and receive better care.
Anyone who reads "Butchered by Healthcare" will gain a clearer understanding of the many ways the current healthcare system is rigged and what can be done about it. It is a must-read for those entering the medical fields.
FROM A NEUROSURGEON, Jeffrey Segal, MD:
An Insider's View. Well Written. For Anyone Who is or Will Be a Patient.
If you are a patient or ever plan to be a patient (and we'll all be patients one day), you should read this book. It's a cautionary tale of deep problems within our healthcare system. More importantly, Robert Yoho provides information and tools to help patients ask the right questions to find a great doctor, a great hospital, the right medication, and more. The book's underlying foundation is this: Don't be afraid to question assumptions or authority. It's your body. If the healthcare system does not deliver, one person will suffer the primary consequences – you. So, arm yourself with an awareness of the pitfalls, roadblocks, conflicts of interest, and risks. Dr. Yoho is an eloquent writer and a healthcare insider. I can't entirely agree with every assertion in the book. But there's enough material in there to pause and swallow hard. In medicine, what is understood as dogma one day may collapse over time. Science is provisional truth. Don't wait until you get sick to read this book.
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MEET DR. YOHO
Dr. Yoho is 66 years old in 2020. He spent three decades as a cosmetic surgeon after a career as an emergency physician. His generalist training gives him perspective and allows him to avoid favoring any medical specialty.
He has had little dealings with hospitals, big Pharma, or insurance companies before he wrote this book. No one has ever considered him a “whale” prescriber or device implanter. He retired from medical practice in 2019.
ABBREVIATED PROFESSIONAL CV:
✪ American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery: fellow, trustee, officer, and past-president.
✪ American Board of Cosmetic Surgery: passed board exams and twice re-certified.
✪ American Board of Emergency Medicine: passed board exams and twice re-certified.
✪ Fellow American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (inactive).
✪ New Body Cosmetic Surgery Center: founder & director (inactive).
✪ American Association Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accredited surgical/medical practice for over 25 years.
ABBREVIATED CLIMBER CV:
✪ El Capitan, Half Dome (Yosemite): 24-hour ascents
✪ Free ascents of Astroman (11.c) and Crucifix (12.a)
✪ First ascents in Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Devils Tower
✪ Solo ascents to 5.10c
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