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Cancer Crossings

by Tim Wendel & Martin Brecher ILR Press (April 15, 2018)

When Eric Wendel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1966, the survival rate was 10 percent. Today, it is 90 percent. Even as politicians call for a "Cancer Moonshot," this accomplishment remains...


The Informed Patient

by Karen A. Friedman & Sara L. Merwin ILR Press (November 15, 2017)

"In this immensely useful and readable volume, Karen A. Friedman and Sara Merwin demystify the hospital experience and provide patients and families the information they need to navigate the confusing swirl...


Achieving Access

by Joseph Harris ILR Press (August 09, 2017)

At a time when the world’s wealthiest nations struggle to make health care and medicine available to everyone, why do resource-constrained countries make costly commitments to universal health coverage and...


Prescription for the People

by Fran Quigley ILR Press (November 15, 2017)

In Prescription for the People, Fran Quigley diagnoses our inability to get medicines to the people who need them and then prescribes the cure. He delivers a clear and convincing argument for a complete shift...


The Challenge to Change

by Rebecca Kolins Givan ILR Press (August 19, 2016)

There is constant pressure on hospitals to improve health care delivery and increase cost effectiveness. New initiatives are the order of the day in the dramatically different health care systems of the United...


Curing Medicare

by Andy Lazris & Shannon Brownlee ILR Press (May 19, 2016)

Andy Lazris, MD, is a practicing primary care physician who experiences the effects of Medicare policy on a daily basis. As a result, he believes that the way we care for our elderly has taken a wrong turn and...


Hoping to Help

by Judith N. Lasker ILR Press (January 29, 2016)

Overseas volunteering has exploded in numbers and interest in the last couple of decades. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people travel from wealthier to poorer countries to participate in short-term volunteer...


Deadly River

by Ralph R. Frerichs ILR Press (April 07, 2016)

In October 2010, nine months after the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, a second disaster began to unfold—soon to become the world's largest cholera epidemic in modern times. In a country that had...


Voices in the Band

by Susan C. Ball ILR Press (March 05, 2015)

"I am an AIDS doctor. When I began that work in 1992, we knew what caused AIDS, how it spread, and how to avoid getting it, but we didn't know how to treat it or how to prevent our patients' seemingly inevitable...


Cleaning Up

by Dan Zuberi ILR Press (September 20, 2013)

To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. In Cleaning Up, the first book to...


The caring self

by Clare L. Stacey ILR Press (July 07, 2011)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 1.7 million home health aides and personal and home care aides in the United States as of 2008. These home care aides are rapidly becoming...


The big squeeze

by Handel E. Reynolds ILR Press (July 12, 2012)

In 2009, an influential panel of medical experts ignited a controversy when they recommended that most women should not begin routine mammograms to screen for breast cancer until the age of fifty, reversing...


Divining without Seeds

by Iruka N. Okeke ILR Press (January 06, 2011)

Infectious disease is the most common cause of illness and death in Africa, yet health practitioners routinely fail to identify causative microorganisms in most patients. As a result, patients often do not receive...


Creating the Health Care Team of the Future

by Sioban Nelson, Maria Tassone & Brian D. Hodges ILR Press (April 22, 2014)

One way to significantly improve the delivery of health care is to teach the health professionals who provide care to work together, to communicate with each other across professional boundaries, and to start...


Phantom Billing, Fake Prescriptions, and the High Cost of Medicine

by Terry L. Leap ILR Press (March 17, 2011)

U.S. health care is a $2.5 trillion system that accounts for more than 17 percent of the nation's GDP. It is also highly susceptible to fraud. Estimates vary, but some observers believe that as much as 10 percent...


First, Do Less Harm

by Ross Koppel & Suzanne Gordon ILR Press (April 23, 2012)

Each year, hospital-acquired infections, prescribing and treatment errors, lost documents and test reports, communication failures, and other problems have caused thousands of deaths in the United States, added...


Healing Together

by Thomas A. Kochan, Adrienne E. Eaton, Robert B. McKersie & Paul S. Adler ILR Press (September 15, 2013)

Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the country. It also happens to have the largest and most complex labor-management partnership ever created in the United States. This book tells...


Where Night Is Day

by James Kelly ILR Press (March 08, 2013)

"There is no night in the ICU. There is day, lesser day, then day again. There are rhythms. Every twelve hours: shift change. Report: first all together in the big room, then at the bedside, nurse to nurse....


The Question of Competence

by Lorelei Lingard, Brian D. Hodges & M. Brownell Anderson ILR Press (October 11, 2012)

Medical competence is a hot topic surrounded by much controversy about how to define competency, how to teach it, and how to measure it. While some debate the pros and cons of competence-based medical education...


Inside Chronic Pain

by Lous Heshusius, David B. Morris & Scott M. Fishman ILR Press (September 15, 2013)

Chronic pain, which affects 70 million people in the United States alone-more than diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined-is a major public health issue that remains poorly understood both within the health...


Beyond the Checklist

by Bonnie Blair O'Connor, Suzanne Gordon, Patrick Mendenhall & Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger ILR Press (November 20, 2012)

The U.S. healthcare system is now spending many millions of dollars to improve "patient safety" and "inter-professional practice." Nevertheless, an estimated 100,000 patients still succumb to preventable medical...


Bedside Manners

by Suzanne Gordon, Lisa Hayes, Scott Reeves & Lucian L. Leape ILR Press (November 01, 2013)

In recent years, there has been growing awareness of the need for interprofessional cooperation in healthcare. Countless studies have shown that genuine teamwork and team intelligence are critical to patient...


Collaborative Caring

by Suzanne Gordon, David Feldman & Michael Leonard ILR Press (December 02, 2014)

Teamwork is essential to improving the quality of patient care and reducing medical errors and injuries. But how does teamwork really function? And what are the barriers that sometimes prevent smart, well-intentioned...


Life Support

by Suzanne Gordon & Claire M. Fagin ILR Press (March 15, 2012)

In this book, Suzanne Gordon describes the everyday work of three RNs in Boston-a nurse practitioner, an oncology nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist on a medical unit. At a time when nursing is often undervalued...


Fields of Combat

by Erin P. Finley ILR Press (April 07, 2011)

For many of the 1.6 million U.S. service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, the trip home is only the beginning of a longer journey. Many undergo an awkward period of readjustment to...


Differential Diagnoses

by Paul V. Dutton ILR Press (November 07, 2012)

Although the United States spends 16 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, more than 46 million people have no insurance coverage, while one in four Americans report difficulty paying for medical...


Watch Your Back!

by Richard A. Deyo ILR Press (September 19, 2014)

Over the past twenty years, treatment of back pain has become ever more expensive and intensive. Use of MRI scans, narcotic painkillers, injections, and invasive spine surgery have all grown by several hundred...


From Silence to Voice

by Bernice Buresh & Suzanne Gordon ILR Press (May 03, 2013)

To get the resources and respect they need, nurses have long had to be advocates for themselves and their profession, not just for their patients. For a decade, From Silence to Voice has provided nurses with...


Out of Practice

by Frederick M. Barken ILR Press (March 03, 2011)

Primary care medicine, as we know and remember it, is in crisis. While policymakers, government administrators, and the health insurance industry pay lip service to the personal relationship between physician...


Doctors at War

by Mark de Rond & Chris Hedges ILR Press (March 01, 2017)

Doctors at War is a candid account of a trauma surgical team based, for a tour of duty, at a field hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. Mark de Rond tells of the highs and lows of surgical life in hard-hitting...