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Book and Media Reviews
February 22, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(8):941-942. doi:10.1001/jama.295.8.941-b

In Our Parents, Ourselves, the author aims to show, as the subtitle indicates, that in its current state the US health care system “imperils middle age and beyond.” The book is factual and well researched.

But I found the book to lack perspective, impartial discussion, and vision. By its primary focus on frailty, the book presents a negative view of old age. The author also presents a negative view of the pharmaceutical industry as unethical and only interested in profit, and managed care and health insurance companies as destroying our health system. No new solutions are offered to fend off the future catastrophe the author describes.

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