Books and Reading

Most Important Book:

Medicine and Politics: 1975 and After.  Paperback – 1 Jan 1976 by J Enoch Powell MP ISBN 0 272 79377 9 published by Pitman Medical 

Available on the Socialist Health Association website

I draws readers attention in particular to chapter 4 – Supply and Demand and the paragraph on rationing.

The Socialist Health Association also summarises the book (A large part or almost all – I failed to spot omissions)

Recent books:

Just Caring: Health Care Rationing and Democratic Deliberation By Leonard M. Fleck 2009

Adam Kay wrote “This is going to hurt” after resigning as a doctor in 2013 and published in 2017. This is on a par with “The House of God” written by Sam Shem and about the same role in the USA in 1978

Sheryl Sandberg published a book called Lean In – Women work and the will to lead.  (2013)  available on AMazon or E-Bay

Rachel Clarke’s book Your Life In My Hands: A Junior Doctor’s Story is published by Metro Books.

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman ISBN 978.0.141-03357.0

The State of Medicine – Keeping the Promise of the NHS by Margaret McCartney -Pinter & Martin. The Gulf between Policy and Implementation.  A useful summary of where we are now, but no realistic suggestions as to how to found our health systems properly, and does not recognise that there is no NHS

House Of God (Black Swan) Paperback – 1 Feb 1998 by Samuel Shem

“The Case Against the Global Economy” – Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith 1996

It’s All in Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness Paperback – 14 Apr 2016 by Suzanne O’Sullivan

Mark Britnell “In search of the perfect health system”, (published by Macmillan Education and Palgrave ISBN 978-1-137-49661-4)  2015 – Reviewed on NHSreality

 Apart from In Place of Fear published 23th March 1952 (chapter 5 by Aneurin Bevan), there have been a number of interesting books recently, some of which are listed below. I am looking to improve this list so please send in suggestions using the comment option at the bottom of this page.

A list of books [with links to Amazon or the Printer – also available from other booksellers].

Chronic Disease Management: A new paradigm for care by Patrick McEvoy June 2014 ISBN: 978 1 84619 156 8

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End Hardcover by Atul Gawande  published by The Wellcome Trust ISBN 978-1846685811

Ethical Dimensions of Health Policy, by Marion Danis, Carolyn Clancy and Larry R. Churchill (Oxford University Press 2002)

 Rationing Medical Care on the Basis of Age by Eric Matthews and Elizabeth Russel  published by the RCGP and the Nuffield Trust.

The Medicine of the People: A History of Popular Medicine Before the NHS by Allan Chapman (20 Dec 2001)

A Socialist History of the NHS: The economic and social forces that have shaped the National Health Service by Ciaran Mulholland (24 Jul 2009)

The NHS – Beginning, Middle and End?: The Autobiography of Dr John Marks by John Marks (20 May 2008)

The NHS After 60: For Patients or Profits? (Health & Medicine) by John Lister (30 Apr 2008)

The Political Economy of Health Care: Where the NHS Came from and Where it Could Lead (Health & Society Series… by Julian Tudor Hart (1 Sep 2010)

The National Health Service: A Political History (Opus) by Charles Webster (1 Mar 1998)

From Cradle to Grave: 50 Years of the NHS by Tony Blair and Geoffrey Rivett (Jan 1998)

Matron Knows Best: The True Story of a 1960s NHS Nurse by Joan Woodcock (7 Jul 2011)

24 hours to save the NHS: The Chief Executive’s account of reform 2000 to 2006 by Nigel Crisp (15 Sep 2011)

God Bless the NHS by Roger Taylor (7 Mar 2013)

The Plot Against the NHS [Paperback] Stewart Player & Colin Leys

Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare John Ballatt & Penelope Campling

NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care Allyson M Pollock [2005]

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett [2010]

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality. By Angus Deaton. Princeton University Press

Here is an extract from the Economist review:

…..”Mr Deaton argues that the main barrier to progress in poor countries is not lack of resources but bad governments. Yet it is these governments that receive the aid either directly or indirectly. The flow of foreign money undermines governments’ incentives to raise money from their own taxpayers, which in turn requires growth-friendly policies and reformed institutions. Instead it shores up ill-functioning governments, the very misfortune holding back poor countries.”……

Read the whole here: The Great Escape – Economic inequality – Angus Deaton

For Medical Ethics and difficult decision making there are many texts, but the BMJ uses Daniel K Sokol as a resource. His publication list is on his website.

His latest contribution: First do no harm – relatively is in the latest BMJ (2013; 347:6426)

Jeremy Rifkin examines society after capitalism’s eclipse in his new book: “Zero Marginal Cost Society”

Educating the Future Gp: The Course Organizer’s HandbookHardcover by Patrick McEvoy


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