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The Resource Predictive health : how we can reinvent medicine to extend our best years, Kenneth Brigham and Michael M.E. Johns

Predictive health : how we can reinvent medicine to extend our best years, Kenneth Brigham and Michael M.E. Johns

Label
Predictive health : how we can reinvent medicine to extend our best years
Title
Predictive health
Title remainder
how we can reinvent medicine to extend our best years
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth Brigham and Michael M.E. Johns
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Our health care system is crippled by desperate efforts to prevent the inevitable. A third of the national Medicare budget{u2014}nearly $175 billion{u2014}is spent on the final year of life, and a third of that amount on the final month, often on expensive (and futile) treatments. Such efforts betray a fundamental flaw in how we think about healthcare: we squander resources on hopeless situations, instead of using them to actually improve health. In Predictive Health, distinguished doctors Kenneth Brigham and Michael M.E. Johns propose a solution: invest earlier{u2014}and use science and technology to make healthcare more available and affordable. Every child would begin life with a post-natal genetic screen, when potential risk{u2014}say for type II diabetes or heart disease{u2014}would be found. More data on biology, behavior, and environment would be captured throughout her life. Using this information, health-care workers and the people they care for could forge personal strategies for healthier living long before a small glitch blows up into major disease. This real health care wouldn{u2019}t just replace much of modern disease care{u2014}it would make it obsolete. The result, according to Brigham and Johns, will be a life defined by a long stay at top physical and mental form, rather than an early peak and long decline. Accomplishing this goal will require new tools, new clinics, fewer doctors and more mentors, smarter companies, and engaged patients. In short, it will require a revolution. Thanks to a decade-long collaboration between Brigham, Johns and others, it is already underway. An optimistic plan for reducing or eliminating many chronic diseases as well as reforming our faltering medical system, Predictive Health is a deeply knowledgeable, deeply humane proposal for how we can reallocate expenses and resources to prolong the best years of life, rather than extending the worst
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
362.10973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA776.9
LC item number
.B75 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Predictive health : how we can reinvent medicine to extend our best years, Kenneth Brigham and Michael M.E. Johns
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn803465071
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 236 p.
Isbn
9780465023127
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021634
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)803465071
Label
Predictive health : how we can reinvent medicine to extend our best years, Kenneth Brigham and Michael M.E. Johns
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn803465071
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 236 p.
Isbn
9780465023127
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012021634
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)803465071

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