Record Details

Catalog Search

Ordinary medicine : extraordinary treatments, longer lives, and where to draw the line / Sharon R. Kaufman.

Kaufman, Sharon R., (author.).
Image of item

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Series Information

Critical global health.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle 362.10973 KAUF (Text) 39231033103074 Adult Non-fiction Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780822359029
  • ISBN: 0822359022
  • ISBN: 9780822358886
  • ISBN: 0822358883
  • Physical Description: xiii, 314 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Durham, [North Carolina] : Duke University Press, 2015.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-305) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Diagnosing twenty-first-century health care -- The quandary and unexamined ordinariness of twenty-first-century medicine. Ordinary medicine in our aging society : the dilemma of longevity -- The chain of health care drivers. The medical-industrial complex I : evidence-based medicine, the biomedical economy, and the ascendance of clinical trials ; The medical-industrial complex II : access, industry, and the clinical trials phenomenon ; "Reimbursement is critical for everything" : Medicare and the ethics of managing life -- Medicine's changing means and ends. Standard and necessary treatments : the changing means and ends of technology ; Family matters : kidneys and new forms of care ; Influencing the character of the future : prognosis, risk, and time left ; For whose benefit? : our shared quandary -- Toward a new social contract?
Summary, etc.:
Most of us want and expect medicine's miracles to extend our lives. In today's aging society, however, the line between life-giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see -- it's being obscured by a perfect storm created by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, along with insurance companies. In Ordinary Medicine, Sharon R. Kaufman investigates what drives that storm's "more is better" approach to medicine: a nearly invisible chain of social, economic, and bureaucratic forces that has made once-extraordinary treatments seem ordinary, necessary, and desirable. Since 2002, Kaufman has listened to hundreds of older patients, their physicians, and family members express their hopes, fears, and reasoning as they faced the line between enough and too much intervention. Their stories anchor Ordinary Medicine. Today's medicine, Kaufman contends, shapes nearly every American's experience of growing older, and ultimately medicine is undermining its own ability to function as a social good.
Subject: Medical care > United States.
Medical ethics > United States.
Medical care, Cost of > United States.
Longevity > United States.

Additional Resources