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FMS: "The Rise & Fall of the American Medical Empire"
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03/23/2010
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What can be done about the decline of our healthcare system?

 

 

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There are four major dilemmas at work in the rapid decline of the United States' healthcare system: the disappearing primary care sector, healthcare insurance reform, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the practice of medicine, and reform of malpractice litigation. In The Rise and Fall of the American Medical Empire, Dr. Robert A. Linden provides a comprehensive, straightforward explanation of these four dilemmas, from the perspective of a primary care physician who has spent 30 years working directly with patients and seeing first-hand how changes in the system have impacted patients and physicians. Dr. Linden sorts out the fragments of information that most readers get through the media and fills in the blanks to provide a full, clear picture of what's wrong with the U.S. healthcare system, an impartial review of proposed solutions, and a look at what several other countries have done to reform their healthcare systems. Unlike the many academic authors of previous books that have covered the problems only in part and skewed information toward their own agendas, this book will help you understand the problems we face and form your own assessments of what should be done to restore the American healthcare system.

 

About the Author

Dr. Robert A. Linden is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1971 and his M.D. from Cornell Medical College in 1975. Internship and residency were performed at the University of Tennessee. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and has been a member of the part-time teaching faculty at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Linden has gleaned his interest, information, and experiences for this book from 30 years of practice in both hospital and outpatient primary care internal medicine along with considerable time spent on the Board of Directors and Risk Management Committee of Connecticut s physician-owned malpractice insurance company and as Chairman of his hospital s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

 

 


 
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