“Our healthcare system cures, but it also kills. This book thoughtfully
chronicles the harm that can result from medical errors and poor quality
care, and—most importantly—arms patients with information
that will help them and their loved ones avoid becoming a victim. Read
it, and stay safe.”
—Robert M. Wachter, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of
California, San Francisco, author of Internal Bleeding and Understanding
“Because medical care will always lag behind in the culture of
safety, no one can take the risk of not being an active, vigilant patient.
As a result of 10 years as a medical journalist and 20 years representing
people who have been injured or killed because of negligence by doctors
or drug companies, Malone has compiled a remarkably well-researched
set of you-cannot-afford-not-to steps to take, aided by a series of
life-saving check lists of questions patients need to ask, that can
make the difference between getting excellent medical care or becoming
a victim of impaired health, or even death, from much worse care.
“The important book is illustrated by real patients. The ones
who survived employed some of the nine steps discussed in the book,
the less fortunate ones should have.
“Doctors and other health professionals make mistakes too often
to justify a false sense of security. This important book teaches patients
and their families how to catch them before they cause injury or death.”
Sidney Wolfe M.D.
Director, Health Research Group at Public Citizen
"As a broadcast journalist I know the vital importance of checking
facts. As Patrick Malone teaches us in his great new book, nothing
can be more important than checking the facts about your own health.
It's a matter of life and death."
—Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball
with Chris Matthews"
"This highly practical book guides you through the essential steps
maintaining your health and avoiding medical mistakes. An invaluable
—Joan Claybrook, former president of Public Citizen
“Patrick Malone has written a book that really could save a life.
With his moving real life stories and his brilliant advice this book
is a must-read for anyone who cares about their health and wellbeing.”
—Sorrel King, The Josie King Foundation
“Patrick Malone has what Pete Conrad would call ‘The Right
Stuff.’ We owe him a debt of gratitude for focusing a beam of
light on saving lives."
—Nancy Conrad, Founder and Chairman of the Conrad Foundation