Unaccountable by Marty Makary

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7 Critic Reviews

...Dr. Makary’s tell-all is a must read. Caution: Reading this book will make your blood pressure rise and launch you on the warpath—directly to your legislator’s front steps.
-NY Journal of Books

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Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande's bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he's also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs, and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting. Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why?

To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.
 

About Marty Makary

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Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H. is a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a professor of Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is a regular medical commentator for CNN and FOX News, and appears weekly on a wide variety of programs to discuss health topics. He is a leading patient-safety researcher and led the World Health Organization effort to develop ways to measure healthcare quality. He tweets @DrMartyMD.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Bloomsbury Press. 257 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Unaccountable
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jun 11 2012

This thought-provoking guide from a leader in the field is a must-read for M.D.s, and an eye-opener for the rest of us.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by LAURA LANDRO on Oct 03 2012

He has seen much of what he writes about—and readily confesses his own complicity over the years in concealing the flaws of medical care from those who stand to lose the most when it goes wrong: patients.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Roberta E. Winter on Mar 16 2013

...Dr. Makary’s tell-all is a must read. Caution: Reading this book will make your blood pressure rise and launch you on the warpath—directly to your legislator’s front steps.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by David Olle

Unaccountable is a comprehensive telling of multifaceted problems inherent in the current health care system—a book long overdue.

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CNN.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Libby Lewis on Sep 21 2012

...an eye-opening look at the culture of medicine. And it's not pretty.

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Better Health

Below average
Reviewed by Dr. Val Jones on Nov 30 2012

While these ideas have merit, I believe they will fall short of achieving our ultimate goals. In my view, a culture of accountability is not the same as a culture of caring.

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The Health Care Blog

Below average
Reviewed by ROBERT WACHTER on Nov 05 2012

...I found the book disappointing, sometimes maddeningly so. My hopes were high, and my letdown was large.

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