272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 figs., 9 tables, notes, index
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3506-7
Published: September 2011
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6923-9
Published: September 2011
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5210-8
Published: February 2019
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Over the past decades, Hadler has established himself as a leading voice among those who approach the menu of health-care choices with informed skepticism. Only the rigorous demonstration of efficacy is adequate reassurance of a treatment's value, he argues; if it cannot be shown that a particular treatment will benefit the patient, one should proceed with caution. In Rethinking Aging, Hadler offers a doctor's perspective on the medical literature as well as his long clinical experience to help readers assess their health-care options and make informed medical choices in the last decades of life. The challenges of aging and dying, he eloquently assures us, can be faced with sophistication, confidence, and grace.
About the Author
Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is emeritus professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent books are Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America and Stabbed in the Back: Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society.
For more information about Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., visit the Author Page.
"With this thoughtful guide, Hadler urges better options for end-of-life care than a lonely, traumatic last stop at the hospital."--Publishers Weekly
"Hadler advocates informed decision making pertaining to all stages of aging."--Library Journal
"All Americans over the age of 45 as well as health care providers and political leaders should read this book. . . . Hadler provides useful insights into successful aging within the context of this challenging system. Highly recommended."--Choice
"With passion and enthusiasm, Hadler offers a doctor's perspective that could prove useful for many people struggling to make better choices and increase wellness as they age."--ForeWord Reviews
"[Hadler's] questioning of many conventional practices is refreshing and important. . . . In pleading for caution and clinical wisdom, he also offers a partial solution to the huge problem of how we might afford to provide good medical care for old people."--British Medical Journal
"A book for all readers entering the aging years, especially those who wish to avoid unnecessary and futile tests and procedures . . . . Rethinking Aging is a sobering book, calling for a careful and blunt dialogue about end-of-life and aging issues. It should evoke much discussion and debate about the proper application of medicine and surgery in the aging population."--Clifton K. Meador, MD, JAMA