Confessions of A Medical Heretic 

THERE ARE 700,000 DOCTORS IN AMERICA. IMAGINE HOW HOW HARM THEY CAUSE TRICKING PATIENTS INTO DRUGS, TESTS AND PROCEDURES THAT ARE TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. Thanks June! 

 “Confessions of a Medical Heretic by Dr Robert Mendelsohn” (1979) Chapter 3 (“Ritual Mutilations”), pp. 58-59.
“I don’t advise anyone who has no symptoms to go to the doctor for a physical examination. For people with symptoms, it’s not such a good idea, either. The entire diagnostic procedure — from the moment you enter the office to the moment you leave clutching a prescription or a referral appointment — is a seldom useful ritual.”
“Almost every stage of obstetrical procedure in the hospital is part of the mechanism that enables the doctor to create his own pathology.”
“The door to the doctor’s office ought to bear a surgeon general’s warning that routine physical examinations are dangerous to your health. Why? Because doctors do not see themselves as guardians of health, and they have learned precious little about how to assure it. Instead, they are latter-day Don Quixotes, battling sometimes real but too often imaginary diseases. The disastrous difference is that doctors are not tilting at windmills. Rather, it is people who are damaged by their insistent search for dubious diseases to conquer.”
“Greed plays a role in causing unnecessary surgery, although I don’t think the economic motive alone is enough to explain it. There’s no doubt that if you eliminated all unnecessary surgery, most surgeons would go out of business. They’d have to look for honest work, because the surgeon gets paid when he performs surgery on you, not when you’re treated some other way. In pre-paid group practices where surgeons are paid a steady salary not tied to how many operations they perform, hysterectomies and tonsillectomies occur only about one-third as often as in fee-for-service situations.”

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