Money and Power are Poor Substitutes for Love and Trust
In his startling memoir,
Schneider reveals the underbelly of the medical profession and exposes the
deep-rooted power struggle that exists among doctors. A power struggle that can, and sometimes
does, put a patient’s life in jeopardy.
For Schneider, an ethical and compassionate cardiologist, this behavior
is simply unacceptable. He practiced
medicine with the belief that the patient must “always” and “in all ways” come
first. When his colleagues and the
hospital administrators allow greed and dishonesty to interfere with patient
care, Schneider is left with only one decision: To stand-up for his patients…no
matter the costs.
Some say courage is doing the
right thing even when it might adversely affect you personally. Never intending to be a “hero”, Schneider
simply tries to be honest and ethical for his patients and colleagues. His adversaries resort to ruthless dishonest
behavior that ultimately results in his forced retirement form medicine.
In a style reminiscent of Atul
Gawande’s, Dr. Schneider relates numerous easy to understand case histories to
powerfully present his meaning to the lay reader. These include his own experiences as a
patient in a system that too often treats patients as commodities used to
generate income for greedy and power hungry physicians and businessmen. He suffers misdiagnosis and mistreatment by
doctors and institutions more concerned with their own financial well being
than his welfare as their patient.
Finally, he offers a broad
outline of a scientifically and economically sound comprehensive plan, based on
Medicare, to ultimately solve America’s
healthcare crisis. Drawing on the basic
principles of market capitalism he learned in college, he offers a solution
predicated on returning the doctor patient relationship to a position of
primacy. His is the only solution that
will increase quality, decrease costs, and cover all Americans.
Dr. Schneider’s experiences in academic and private medicine
offer insight into the American healthcare system only a first person memoir
can offer. His detailed history and
comprehensive appendices offer a roadmap for other physicians, retaliated
against for standing up for quality patient care, and their attorneys, to fight
back against a seriously dysfunctional healthcare system. This book offers a unique perspective to
anyone involved in the theory, economics, or politics of healthcare.
Schneider relates his personal life as the foundation of his character and
beliefs. A driving force is his search for
personal happiness through a loving relationship with a woman. His personal needs are ultimately used
against him by his medical adversaries in their attempts to assassinate his
character. In this book, he responds to
their accusations with the truth.
Dr. Schneider intends to donate his share of any profits
from the sale of this book to charities dedicated to improving the quality of
This book is a must read for any
person who has ever been, or ever will be, a patient.