Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
Two professors of medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle,
have written a catchy collection of essays developing their view that our
mass cultural belief in medical “breakthroughs” drives much of
the cycle of spiraling health care costs. This set of beliefs, it is argued,
is shared by most physicians, as well as policy makers in government and in
organized medicine. These beliefs endanger the health of people with generous
insurance, the authors argue, and also lead to fewer and fewer working people
being able to afford private health insurance.
Taylor P. Medical Technology. JAMA. 2005;294(11):1429-1433. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1429-b