The Care of the Patient Francis W. Peabody, 1927
This seminal paper is an exquisite exposition of the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in the art of medicine – in particular with the challenge of medically unexplained symptoms. As relevant today as it ever was!
In defence of a National Sickness Service Iona Heath, 2007
Iona argues that the National Health Service is actually a National Sickness Service – and rightly so, lest society falls down on its responsibility to the most needy. In so doing, she explains why societal change is far more important for wellbeing than healthcare. These concepts are crucial.
The Patient Paradox Margaret McCartney, 2012
Margaret McCartney’s book explores a paradox in modern medicine that is so ubiquitous, so widely accepted, that we have failed to question whether or not it is good for our society.
The paradox in question is this: If you are unwell you are expected to wiat for your healthcare – there are delays in getting an appointment, waiting times for referrals and waiting lists for operations. You may have to fight to get help with your symptoms, or struggle to get care for your health needs. By contrast, if you are well you may be inundated with invitations to attend health screening, given appointments for health problems you did not know you might have, and chastised for failing to attend. Think there’s something not quite right here? Get the book to find out more!
Intelligent Kindness: reforming the culture of healthcare John Ballatt & Penelope Campling, 2o11
Overdiagnosed: making people sick, in the pursuit of health H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, Steven Woloshin, 2012
The Health of Nations Gavin Mooney, 2012
The Political Economy of Health Care: A Clinical Perspective Julian Tudor Hart, 2006
Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis – The Expropriation of Health Ivan Illich, 2001
Further significant essays from Iona Heath:
The Therapeutic Relationship. Kings Fund 2010