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Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary (edição: 2020)

de Timothy Snyder (Autor)

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Título:Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary
Autores:Timothy Snyder (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2020), 192 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:Read in 2021, Short books

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Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary de Timothy Snyder


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This is a passionate plea for a reform of the US health system from the noted historian Timothy Snyder. It is a very personal plea since it stems from the authors own on-going experience with his own health emergency. He is able to compare the US health system with health systems in other countries based upon his own experiences with hospitals in other countries. ( )
  M_Clark | Mar 3, 2021 |
**I received an advanced readers copy of this book through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Snyder personally faces a near death experience while needing healthcare in December 2019. As he lay recuperating in the hospital, he reflects on the current healthcare situation in America, compares it to other countries and their networks of care, and offers solutions or at least places to begin dialogue regarding healthcare, healthcare workers, and the overall safety of hospital personnel and patients.

This is a treatise that needs to be read. Snyder does not hold back on his critique of the healthcare system, a system that, depending upon which hospital he visited on the East Coast, provided different levels of care, and most scarily, different diagnoses that left him very close to death. It's a short book, but yet it's a book that describes the pitfalls in the US healthcare system and the dangers faced with lack of staff, many overworked staff, and the lack of funding and/or support needed for care. Snyder is eloquent in his arguments, and whether or not you agree with him, there is much to learn from this. ( )
  librarybelle | Nov 30, 2020 |
Timothy Snyder was in Germany delivering a lecture on December 3, 2019. When he left, he went immediately to a hospital, but the doctors missed his appendicitis. The appendix burst. Back in the United States, he underwent an appendectomy on December 15th, and was released. In Florida on vacation on December, he was again admitted to a hospital with tingling and numbness in his hands and feet, but again was released the next day. By December 27th, he was back in Connecticut and was admitted yet again, as he was declining fast. The doctors in Florida had missed the fact that he had a lesion in his liver that was growing due to an infection from the burst appendix. And so begins Snyder's journey through the American medical system. This small book is much bigger than his personal experience. It deals with 4 lessons he has learned: Health care is a human right; Renewal begins with children; The truth will set us free (yes, this is tied directly to our medical care); and Doctors should be in charge. The book is sobering, and yet I couldn't put it down. It's a call to arms, and we should all be paying attention. ( )
  peggybr | Sep 28, 2020 |
Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary by Timothy Snyder is a focused and thoughtful assessment of our current poor state of affairs with respect to healthcare along with ideas for remedying the situation.

Through his personal healthcare experience just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and background information on how we got to where we are, Snyder illustrates many of the flaws in both the system and our thinking about healthcare. While he also prescriptive it is not in a heavy-handed manner. He points out what can and should be done to correct a problem right after he has elaborated the problem. There may not be a quick easy fix but it is not that hard to fix if we changed from a healthcare system with profits as the goal to a healthcare system with, I dunno, maybe health as a goal.

If you tend to read books that have endnotes without always reading them, I would recommend reading them in this case. Most are still simply citations but a few are gems of clarification about a term or idea he used.

Highly recommended for anyone who cares about the United States' miserable healthcare system. Far more expensive than other countries with considerably poorer results and outcomes. Why, unless you're one of the ones profiting off of other people dying, would you support profit-driven healthcare over health driven healthcare?

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  pomo58 | Jul 8, 2020 |
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