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A looming menace lurks within the towers of American medicine. One young doctor is determined to uncover the truth. Follow him on a journey you will never forget. Don Newman, a resident physician at the renowned University Hospital, awakens to the screams of his pager in a windowless call room in the middle of the night. He runs to a dark ward to attend to a dying woman str A looming menace lurks within the towers of American medicine. One young doctor is determined to uncover the truth. Follow him on a journey you will never forget. Don Newman, a resident physician at the renowned University Hospital, awakens to the screams of his pager in a windowless call room in the middle of the night. He runs to a dark ward to attend to a dying woman strapped to a bed and realizes--despite working long and hard to become a doctor and having sworn to do no harm--harm has become his business. So begins Dr. Newman's quest to find true healing in a world that puts profits ahead of patients. He abandons his plans to become a cardiologist and enrolls in an Ivy League graduate program in health system science, where an unorthodox professor promises to guide him ever deeper into the dark secrets of the healthcare industry. Don joins fellow students--the alluring Frances Hunt, a sharp nurse practitioner, and Bruce Markum, a cocky, well-connected surgeon--on a journey through the medical underworld. When Dr. Newman unearths evidence of a conspiracy stretching from the halls of Congress to Wall Street and even to his small campus, his harmless course of study becomes deadly serious. Will he be silenced? Or will he find a way to save himself and the patients he has sworn to serve? The End of Healing tells gripping story of a young doctor's journey through the healthcare underworld to confront his own demons, uncover the roots of corruption in American medicine, and find true healing. This remarkable novel will change your perspective on the U.S. medical system forever...and give you the insight you need to find real healing in today's world. Jim Bailey pulls back the exam room curtain to reveal a giant healthcare industry spiraling out of control. This literary tour de force resonates with core themes of classical literature, medical history, and science. The End of Healing gives voice to victims of our dysfunctional healthcare system and those launching a national movement to reclaim health care that heals. JIM BAILEY is a physician and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he directs the Center for Health System Improvement, cares for the sick, and teaches doctors in training. His research appears in many peer-reviewed medical journals, including JAMA, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bailey has an abiding passion for the classics, medical history, and ethics, and believes that sharing our stories can heal. To learn more, visit EndofHealing.com.


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A looming menace lurks within the towers of American medicine. One young doctor is determined to uncover the truth. Follow him on a journey you will never forget. Don Newman, a resident physician at the renowned University Hospital, awakens to the screams of his pager in a windowless call room in the middle of the night. He runs to a dark ward to attend to a dying woman str A looming menace lurks within the towers of American medicine. One young doctor is determined to uncover the truth. Follow him on a journey you will never forget. Don Newman, a resident physician at the renowned University Hospital, awakens to the screams of his pager in a windowless call room in the middle of the night. He runs to a dark ward to attend to a dying woman strapped to a bed and realizes--despite working long and hard to become a doctor and having sworn to do no harm--harm has become his business. So begins Dr. Newman's quest to find true healing in a world that puts profits ahead of patients. He abandons his plans to become a cardiologist and enrolls in an Ivy League graduate program in health system science, where an unorthodox professor promises to guide him ever deeper into the dark secrets of the healthcare industry. Don joins fellow students--the alluring Frances Hunt, a sharp nurse practitioner, and Bruce Markum, a cocky, well-connected surgeon--on a journey through the medical underworld. When Dr. Newman unearths evidence of a conspiracy stretching from the halls of Congress to Wall Street and even to his small campus, his harmless course of study becomes deadly serious. Will he be silenced? Or will he find a way to save himself and the patients he has sworn to serve? The End of Healing tells gripping story of a young doctor's journey through the healthcare underworld to confront his own demons, uncover the roots of corruption in American medicine, and find true healing. This remarkable novel will change your perspective on the U.S. medical system forever...and give you the insight you need to find real healing in today's world. Jim Bailey pulls back the exam room curtain to reveal a giant healthcare industry spiraling out of control. This literary tour de force resonates with core themes of classical literature, medical history, and science. The End of Healing gives voice to victims of our dysfunctional healthcare system and those launching a national movement to reclaim health care that heals. JIM BAILEY is a physician and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he directs the Center for Health System Improvement, cares for the sick, and teaches doctors in training. His research appears in many peer-reviewed medical journals, including JAMA, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bailey has an abiding passion for the classics, medical history, and ethics, and believes that sharing our stories can heal. To learn more, visit EndofHealing.com.

30 review for The End of Healing: A Journey Through the Underworld of American Medicine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ell

    Jim Bailey paints a rather prolific picture of the healthcare system in the U.S. with his novel, The End of Healing: A Journey through the Underworld of American Medicine. The American health care system has been broken for some time. Most people are aware that somewhere along the lines it has invariably become more profit-driven than care driven. To read a first person account of just how broken the American industry has become was eye opening, to say the least. With a close relative near the e Jim Bailey paints a rather prolific picture of the healthcare system in the U.S. with his novel, The End of Healing: A Journey through the Underworld of American Medicine. The American health care system has been broken for some time. Most people are aware that somewhere along the lines it has invariably become more profit-driven than care driven. To read a first person account of just how broken the American industry has become was eye opening, to say the least. With a close relative near the end of life, this book spoke to me deeply. Family all disagree on what should or could be done. Will the extremely expensive health care options prolong her life by an additional 6 months? Or are they needlessly putting this relative through pain? It seems no one is given much time to ponder these important questions. Doctors are quick to cast judgments on those that need time to think about the best course of action for their loved one, firmly pushing loved ones in the direction of expensive and perhaps unnecessary procedures while offering very little in the way of expectations. This book encourages readers to question and use discernment in an arena where we’ve all been told to blindly trust. Enlightening.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cissa

    Jim Bailey's The End of Healing is a fascinating book, but it is not really a novel. Bailey uses the form of a novel to do info dumps about the problems of the American medical system, and why we have them. We in the USA have by far the most expensive medical system in the world -- and yet we rank 37th in positive results. This book describes why and how that happens. And those parts of the book are fascinating and engaging. I'd known some of this before, but Bailey offers a devastating and succin Jim Bailey's The End of Healing is a fascinating book, but it is not really a novel. Bailey uses the form of a novel to do info dumps about the problems of the American medical system, and why we have them. We in the USA have by far the most expensive medical system in the world -- and yet we rank 37th in positive results. This book describes why and how that happens. And those parts of the book are fascinating and engaging. I'd known some of this before, but Bailey offers a devastating and succinct exploration of all the various aspects, and how they lead to extremely expensive yet perverse incentives and results. That aspect is thorough and sobering. The "novel" aspects, though, are not great. The "evocative" prose about the landscapes, etc., is overwrought and use probably twice as many adjectives as it needs. All the characters are ciphers, even our protagonist, Don/Dante, who is filled with angst and agonizing that is only resolved right at the end, for no special reason. His biracial status combined with his passing for white adds to his angst but has no appreciable effect on the plot, which is reasonable enough ... but then why all the prose documenting it if it's irrelevant? The women are awful, especially the young ones. Frances, the one most present, is entirely arbitrary, and her breakup with Don makes pretty much no sense, though it advances the plot somewhat. (In fact, I was rather hoping that the foreshadowing implied that she was trans, but that was not the case.) Talk about the perfect woman! Smart, gorgeous, stacked, but with a NURSING degree so she doesn't challenge the menfolks, who are DOCTORS. And, willing to put her energy behind whatever her dude of the moment favors.... Anyway, as a novel, it's bad. Very bad. However, as a concentrated way of learning about how the medical industry is a horrible mess and how it got to this state, it's compelling and thorough. I wish the author had written a series of essays rather than trying to make this a "story." This is recommended for people who don't mind long books and who are fascinated by how badly our medical system has gone awry. I received this book in exchange for writing an objective review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jack Armstrong

    First of all, this is a legendary ass-whupping. Bailey spells out in detail what's wrong with the entire health care industry - doctors, hospitals, insurers, drug manufacturers, Medicare. He lays out not only where we are now, but how our health system compares with other countries. And how we got here, going all the way back to Asklepios. He has chapter after chapter of heart-wrenching anecdotes, backed up by exhaustive statistical data. And even though it's a ton of bad news, it is not bitter. First of all, this is a legendary ass-whupping. Bailey spells out in detail what's wrong with the entire health care industry - doctors, hospitals, insurers, drug manufacturers, Medicare. He lays out not only where we are now, but how our health system compares with other countries. And how we got here, going all the way back to Asklepios. He has chapter after chapter of heart-wrenching anecdotes, backed up by exhaustive statistical data. And even though it's a ton of bad news, it is not bitter. This is not a complaint, but a call to action. And it's not just a dry treatise. He has made it into a novel, with good guys and bad guys and plenty of sexual drama, and copious reference to the Commedia Divina. This book is a blast. It's a magnum opus. It has the potential to be a real catalyst for change. Hats off to Jim Bailey!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leslie DiNella

    The End of Healing provides so much of interest to readers from a thorough discussion of the current players and the stakes they hold in our healthcare system to fascinating insights into the history of medicine and healthcare. And yet beyond all of the information provided is the way in which his characters coax us to examine our own expectations of life and the medical system. What constitutes a valuable and satisfying life? What is a healthy life? How will we choose for our life to come to it The End of Healing provides so much of interest to readers from a thorough discussion of the current players and the stakes they hold in our healthcare system to fascinating insights into the history of medicine and healthcare. And yet beyond all of the information provided is the way in which his characters coax us to examine our own expectations of life and the medical system. What constitutes a valuable and satisfying life? What is a healthy life? How will we choose for our life to come to its close? His protagonist moves through his journey, unsure—often devastated—but driven to learn and as readers we too come away maybe shaken by our new understanding, but informed for a new way of life. The End of Healing is carefully written and well worth a read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martha Earl

    This novel is not so much a novel as a collection of essays presented in the form of either the professor's lectures or the students' presentations. It is based somewhat on Dante's various levels of Hell. It's not much of a novel, but it is a thorough overview of what is wrong with the American health care system. It does not offer much on what is working or on how to improve the situation. Nor is much credit given to caring health providers who are healing people every day, despite the difficul This novel is not so much a novel as a collection of essays presented in the form of either the professor's lectures or the students' presentations. It is based somewhat on Dante's various levels of Hell. It's not much of a novel, but it is a thorough overview of what is wrong with the American health care system. It does not offer much on what is working or on how to improve the situation. Nor is much credit given to caring health providers who are healing people every day, despite the difficulties in the system. Worthwhile and educational attempt at explaining a very complicated maze.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Bailey translates his extensive knowledge of our health care system into the powerful medium of story. His characters display the cost of our system has on those in need of care and on those giving it. The End of Healing is a terrific guide through the mire that is the modern medical industry. The reader follows three insiders in a tale of love, passion, and search for healing as they "follow the money" and uncover hidden secrets which may surprise you. Bailey translates his extensive knowledge of our health care system into the powerful medium of story. His characters display the cost of our system has on those in need of care and on those giving it. The End of Healing is a terrific guide through the mire that is the modern medical industry. The reader follows three insiders in a tale of love, passion, and search for healing as they "follow the money" and uncover hidden secrets which may surprise you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruberad

    This book is important. If you want to understand what's wrong with American healthcare, you should read it. (If you think America has great healthcare, you should also read it). If you are a doctor or a student thinking about becoming a doctor, you should read it. If you have a friend who is a doctor, you should buy them a copy. Hell, if you have a doctor, you should buy them a copy! (And if your relationship with your doctor is such that it would be weird to give them a book and discuss these This book is important. If you want to understand what's wrong with American healthcare, you should read it. (If you think America has great healthcare, you should also read it). If you are a doctor or a student thinking about becoming a doctor, you should read it. If you have a friend who is a doctor, you should buy them a copy. Hell, if you have a doctor, you should buy them a copy! (And if your relationship with your doctor is such that it would be weird to give them a book and discuss these issues, well, that just shows part of the problem) The End of Healing is kind of two different books at once. The protagonist is a young doctor (Dante "Don" Newman) going through a graduate seminar on the healthcare industry. So most of the chapters allow the reader to sit in on this seminar and learn medical history. (All of the publications discussed in the seminar are real, and detailed in the extensive bibliography). Outside of this, Don is going through his own personal "crisis of faith" about his role in the medical industry, and interacting with his classmates, having nightmares, etc. The novel is structured in parallel with Dante's Inferno, and has tons of references to other great classic works as well. (If you haven't read the Inferno, I recommend you learn a little about it first) So the novelization in and around the seminar makes it easier to read than a nonfiction work, but the seminar is the real point. I am a registered republican, leaning libertarian, i.e. pretty conservative. Before knowing anything about the healthcare industry, I subscribed to kneejerk lassez-faire positions like "the market can fix it", "profit motive is the best path to excellence", etc. End of Healing shows that the profit motive has indeed made the healthcare industry efficient -- at making money. Unnecessary tests, procedures, medications, prolonged end-of-life, they all cost money, i.e. they all profit some element of the system, and the system has grown to maximize its own profitability, rather than to maximize results. Attempts to throttle back and give more common-sense, personal care, are disincentivized, because they take more GP-doctor time (the system is set up so GPs only have time to refer patients to testers and specialists) and risk malpractice lawsuits. The book explains this calmly and rationally, representing both "conservative" and "liberal" viewpoints. For instance the Canadian system is investigated (as well as other countries), and is shown to have gone overboard in their attempt to make sure everybody gets the same care (and nobody is allowed to buy better care) Bottom line, looking at whole-country statistics (not isolated cases -- all countries have individual success and failure cases that can be cherry-picked), the US has the highest health care costs, and is far from having the best health. Something needs to change.

  8. 5 out of 5

    George Grider

    An astonishing revelation about the failure of the American healthcare system. So much information could only be digested by lay persons if presented in the form of a drama. Dr. Bailey accomplishes this with rare mastery. Reader's view of the American healthcare system will be altered, as will their longevity be extended. A generous contribution to American society. An astonishing revelation about the failure of the American healthcare system. So much information could only be digested by lay persons if presented in the form of a drama. Dr. Bailey accomplishes this with rare mastery. Reader's view of the American healthcare system will be altered, as will their longevity be extended. A generous contribution to American society.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeddie Maxwell

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning to the ending! Is it fiction; is it factual; is it both? Both! Many subjects are addressed regarding the medical field as a whole; from medical student to patient to cost to politics! Readers will both enjoy and learn from the book's content! Very good book Dr. Jim Bailey! - Jeddie I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning to the ending! Is it fiction; is it factual; is it both? Both! Many subjects are addressed regarding the medical field as a whole; from medical student to patient to cost to politics! Readers will both enjoy and learn from the book's content! Very good book Dr. Jim Bailey! - Jeddie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Polly Krize

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. Eye-opening and dismaying! Nevertheless, Mr. Bailey gives us an accurate and compelling look at the wreckage of the American health care system in detail. He is compassionate and caring, a voice for all of us. Must-read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anand Saha

    The End of Healing is an absolute masterpiece that weaves the fictional tales of Frances Hunt (a nurse practitioner), Bruce Markham (a surgeon), and Don Newman (an internist) into a slamming critique of the US healthcare system. The reader takes a journey with these 3 providers as they take a seminar together exploring healthcare in America. The author masterfully surveys the landscape of healthcare through different lenses -- each chapter represents a different facet of healthcare -- typically The End of Healing is an absolute masterpiece that weaves the fictional tales of Frances Hunt (a nurse practitioner), Bruce Markham (a surgeon), and Don Newman (an internist) into a slamming critique of the US healthcare system. The reader takes a journey with these 3 providers as they take a seminar together exploring healthcare in America. The author masterfully surveys the landscape of healthcare through different lenses -- each chapter represents a different facet of healthcare -- typically represented by the viewpoints of these 3 very different characters. Like myself, Dr.Don Newman (the main character) is a budding physician who must make the incredibly difficult choice of following the money per se or being part of the change as a health systems scholar. Ultimately, Dr.Newman eschews the spotlight of a high-paying cardiologist position to enroll in Dr.Sampson's, a veteran physician, health systems seminar alongside Dr.Markham and Ms.Hunt. Through Dr.Sampson's seminar, the author takes the reader on a journey of a history of medicine in the US, where we are today, and where we are going. Every chapter explores a different facet of healthcare and can be thought of almost as a standalone insight into that particular corner of medicine. Everything from the pharmaceutical industry, medical litigation, fee-for-service, hospital corporations, healthcare lobbying to even the National Institutes of Health are just spokes in this wheel of putting profit over patients and healing. This is a book that is intended to (and by any stretch of the imagination, does) rock the boat and challenge the way we look at the healthcare industry. Capitalism is embedded into the very fabric of American ideologies, but has this concept irreparably polluted the art of healing? The US healthcare yields sub-par health outcomes (ranked 37th by the World Health Organization), and, unlike every other industrialized nation, does not guarantee healthcare as a birthright to its citizens. Yet, the USA pays far more per capita on healthcare than any other nation in the world. In addition, pharmaceutical prices are skyrocketing and healthcare providers are forced to spend more and more time with patient charts rather than patients themselves. These are inconvenient truths; is this the manifestation of 'end of healing'? This book provides a necessary introspection at time where it is obligatory that we citizens begin doing something to at least nudge the ship in the right direction. At first glance, the book is intimidating in length and breadth and even subject matter. It is however very approachable, as the real world context of healthcare is overlaid by the fictional stories unfolding of the 3 characters. There is palpable romantic drama between the 3 characters, but this drama for the most part takes a backseat to the impressive and comprehensive exploration of healthcare systems that takes place in Dr.Sampson's seminar. Most every assertion presented in the book is supported by citations which can be found in the back. There is also a reading guide and discussion questions that make this book a more than ideal choice for a book club. While I am a medical student and a current Master's student of health policy, this book is not technical at all and is very approachable by the layman. In fact, it should be required reading for anyone in search of solutions to the US' broken healthcare system and brave enough to face inconvenient realities.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Armbruster

    In “Top Docs: How to Cure Health Care” in the AARP Bulletin (April 2015), many of the leading physicians in America seem to agree with the heart-wrenching portrayal of our broken health care system described in Dr. Jim Bailey’s novel, The End of Healing. Dr. Peter Pronovost states: “If consumers had as much information about healthy care as they do about consumer products, we would see dramatic improvements in quality—and reduced costs”; Dr. Louis W. Sullivan: “In the 20th century, we saw tremen In “Top Docs: How to Cure Health Care” in the AARP Bulletin (April 2015), many of the leading physicians in America seem to agree with the heart-wrenching portrayal of our broken health care system described in Dr. Jim Bailey’s novel, The End of Healing. Dr. Peter Pronovost states: “If consumers had as much information about healthy care as they do about consumer products, we would see dramatic improvements in quality—and reduced costs”; Dr. Louis W. Sullivan: “In the 20th century, we saw tremendous advances in health because of public health improvements, . . . we’ll have the greatest advances in health in the 21st century if we can improve the health behavior of our citizens . . .”; Dr. Elmer Huerta: “. . . reward doctors who do primary care and who demonstrate that they are doing well in maintaining patients’ health, rather than doctors who do last-resort issues at the late stages of chronic disease”; and Dr. Angelo Volandes: “We talk about patient-centered care, but we really have doctor-centered care.” In The End of Healing, Dr. Bailey takes on the medical, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries in a well-written, Socratic discussion of the state of medical care today. His main characters are a teacher and three students (an idealistic medical doctor, a business-oriented doctor, and a flirtatious nurse). While it is obvious that the author’s sympathies lie with the idealistic doc, the end of the book provides a sympathetic look at all the characters. To be honest, I know the author, although we aren’t on each other’s Christmas card list. But I know that his undergraduate liberal arts background provides him the tools and knowledge to write well and that his teaching in a health science center has influenced many students to look hard and long at their chosen profession in light of today’s upside down health care environment. This book has all the right ingredients for successful, current-day fiction: intrigue, love, sex, excellent writing, seemingly good vs. bad characters, strongly stated opinions that beg for discussion and additional thinking, and so forth. While it may be argued that the heavy use of statistics from the first decade of the 21st Century may date the book, the reading list (the students’ purported syllabus) are classic (i.e., timeless) references (a rebuttal from the author to my criticism). And I found Dr. Sampson a bit preachy, but that’s his character (and don’t all professor have that streak within their personality?). As a participant in today’s health care system, I have been frustrated to have personally confronted so many problems that Dr. Bailey’s characters discover, but the end of the book provides an interesting twist on solutions. All in all, The End of Healing should be on everyone’s reading list—medical and nonmedical people alike. If you are in a book discussion group, you won’t need that list of discussion points at the end of many of today’s books to start your discussion. The book begs to be discussed, and, just as the characters in the book learn much through their Socratic discussions, so we as readers will learn a great deal from our discussions with family and friends. David L. Armbruster, Ph.D.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Reader Views

    THE END OF HEALING Jim Bailey The Healthy City (2015) ISBN 9780985420390 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (01/16) I love reading horror stories. Ghosts, vampires, and werewolves rock my world. “The End of Healing” by Jim Bailey has none of these. Instead it is a fictional story that incorporates real life issues about the health care crisis that we are facing right now in the United States. To me, this is more terrifying than anything because it is based on reality. I can’t wish the reality THE END OF HEALING Jim Bailey The Healthy City (2015) ISBN 9780985420390 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (01/16) I love reading horror stories. Ghosts, vampires, and werewolves rock my world. “The End of Healing” by Jim Bailey has none of these. Instead it is a fictional story that incorporates real life issues about the health care crisis that we are facing right now in the United States. To me, this is more terrifying than anything because it is based on reality. I can’t wish the reality of these issues away, like I can with my paranormal creatures. In this story, Dr. Don Newman is a young resident physician that has to decide which direction he wants to go with his future. Does he want to follow the money and make big bucks without really healing people, or does he want to be a part of changing our current health care system? As he goes through a variety of experiences, there are many times where he feels despondent and is full of self-doubt. When Don chooses to participate in a program that is taught by a radical professor, he learns more about how big money rules the healthcare system. In his class are a wealthy surgeon and a gorgeous female nurse practitioner. Each one of them has a purpose to serve. The relationship among the three is often tumultuous because of their own belief systems. The wealthy surgeon’s family has a lot to lose if the industry changes. Underlying everything is a history of conspiracies that involve politicians at the highest level. As Don’s eyes are opened he struggles with making a decision. Does he buck the system and risk losing everything or give in and be a part of it? He is also dealing with his own personal problems and has a lot of work to do on resolving issues from his past. "The End of Healing" by Jim Bailey is a very complex novel. By putting real issues in a fictional setting, it is easier to gain an understanding of what is really happening. The character of the protagonist is very well written. Watching him evolve is a learning experience in itself. Having taken a bio ethics course in college, I wish that this had been my textbook because I was so fascinated in this story. There are citations and a reading group guide that would enable this novel to be used as a textbook. It is also a great selection for a person who works in the healthcare industry. I highly recommend reading “The End of Healing.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    John R.M.

    The End of Healing, written by Dr. Jim Bailey, M.D., is an important tour de force novel which accurately exposes the unfortunate ills of our postmodern corporatized medical industry. This intense story dives deeply into the many disturbing dynamics and forces at play, and details the emerging truths, maladies, dangers, and profound shortcomings of the current conventional medical system. American consumerist tendencies and the “quick fix” orientation of our now capitalist medical system have mor The End of Healing, written by Dr. Jim Bailey, M.D., is an important tour de force novel which accurately exposes the unfortunate ills of our postmodern corporatized medical industry. This intense story dives deeply into the many disturbing dynamics and forces at play, and details the emerging truths, maladies, dangers, and profound shortcomings of the current conventional medical system. American consumerist tendencies and the “quick fix” orientation of our now capitalist medical system have morphed into a perfect storm of misguided intentions and directives. This plays out as the self perpetuating medium for an ongoing and enhanced propagation of ballooning American illness and disease rates. The American medical system is not helping society to become healthier. Indeed, society is becoming sicker and sicker because of the negative forces at play which The End of Healing unveils and exposes. Health care workers now find themselves inextricably entangled and struggling for survival in a rapacious and financially driven multi-layered system of mind boggling forces; one which has been trending and devolving into big business anarchy since the 1980’s. The health care consumer becomes just one of the many pawns in the unfortunate social experiment which the health care industry has become. As a seasoned physician of 40 years of experience, who comes from a family where both parents were physicians and where one son is a physician, I can unequivocally attest to being a participant in an industry process which has deteriorated and has now fallen far into the complicated morass which Dr. Jim Bailey so accurately portrays and describes. For the sake of our future health care, I believe that this book should be a required text in all of the many institutions which teach students of health, medicine, and healing. John R.M. Day, M.D. HaelanLifeStream.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark Davis

    The End of Healing is a wake up call for Americans. Dr. Bailey cleverly uses his entertaining novel to put forth his observations on the lamentable state of healthcare in the United States. He is right on target, showing in great detail how insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, providers of diagnostic tests and hospitals put profit and power before healing. An important recurring theme is, compared to the commonly employed expensive tests and procedures used to treat advanced diseases, The End of Healing is a wake up call for Americans. Dr. Bailey cleverly uses his entertaining novel to put forth his observations on the lamentable state of healthcare in the United States. He is right on target, showing in great detail how insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, providers of diagnostic tests and hospitals put profit and power before healing. An important recurring theme is, compared to the commonly employed expensive tests and procedures used to treat advanced diseases, minimal resources are allocated for prevention which could vastly improve the nation’s health and reduce costs. The book makes me recall that during my years of training as a physician, we seemed to take more pride in our ability to make a diagnosis and skillfully perform procedures without showing much empathy and compassion for our patients. It was the nurses that I was fortunate to work with who educated me about empathy and compassion as important aspects of healing. I have witnessed the harming of patients from medical errors, inappropriate treatment and needless tests. Dr. Bailey points out that in our dysfunctional health care system, as a result of medical errors, hundreds of thousands of patients each year suffer preventable harm and financial ruin - and pay the ultimate price with their lives. Dr. Bailey spells out what can go wrong when we visit a doctor or hospital, or when we fill a prescription. There is no guarantee of safety - only of risk. The author clearly identifies multiple areas where improvements can be made to create a safer health care system. The End of Healing is a must-read for care providers, patients and everyone else. Mark Davis, M.D.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mahala Church

    The End of Healing is a disturbing look at a healthcare system that is still deified in the U. S. The matrix of insurance companies, political agendas, technical advances, research, hospital and clinic administration, and caregivers has become mammoth, complex system covered in the barnacles of greed according to Bailey. More creative non-fiction than fiction, the book’s narrative is at times tedious, brimming with facts and figures, quotes, and references. This is not a book to be scanned or rea The End of Healing is a disturbing look at a healthcare system that is still deified in the U. S. The matrix of insurance companies, political agendas, technical advances, research, hospital and clinic administration, and caregivers has become mammoth, complex system covered in the barnacles of greed according to Bailey. More creative non-fiction than fiction, the book’s narrative is at times tedious, brimming with facts and figures, quotes, and references. This is not a book to be scanned or read lightly. It is a book to be studied. Bailey certainly gets his point across, and this should be required reading for everyone running for national office, all elected officials, all medical and surgical interns, all nursing and physician assistant students, and all MBA aspirants. Bailey brings emotion to the pages of the book, revealing the psychological and physical trauma suffered by patients, families, and certainly Dr. Newman, his protagonist. His secondary characters work, and Bailey uses their dialogue to move the book forward and strengthen his points. For those who have worked or do work in the healthcare system of America or those who have experienced it at its best and suffered it at its worst, this novel has a persuasive ring of truth.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bianco

    I am quite impressed with THE END OF HEALING. When I first started reading it, I was skeptical that Dr. Bailey would be able to house so much information in a narrative structure that really works in its own right; but I think he pulled it off. It’s a good story, artfully told. While exposing the many difficulties that plague our ailing healthcare system, Dr. Bailey directs the reader’s outrage against a series of targets without using a simplistic good-versus-evil framework --- at least in the I am quite impressed with THE END OF HEALING. When I first started reading it, I was skeptical that Dr. Bailey would be able to house so much information in a narrative structure that really works in its own right; but I think he pulled it off. It’s a good story, artfully told. While exposing the many difficulties that plague our ailing healthcare system, Dr. Bailey directs the reader’s outrage against a series of targets without using a simplistic good-versus-evil framework --- at least in the end. And what's more, woven into the story are some plot lines that point toward what people think they already know, played out a manner that appreciates where such assumptions may come from but skillfully diffuses them into more realistic and productive themes. So, while THE END OF HEALING is indeed a damning indictment of U.S. healthcare, it is also a compelling humanistic tale that leaves us with hope while eschewing programmatic solutions.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    I found this book to have a great story with interesting characters. Jim Bailey did a terrific job presenting true circumstances in today's medical care. The problems occurring in our health care system is very scary. Makes one truly think how we are all affected and what we need to do to effect change. Money does talk and businesses have no intention in losing out. Financial greed has grown out of proportion. People are depending on the system to give good care but what is actually done for pr I found this book to have a great story with interesting characters. Jim Bailey did a terrific job presenting true circumstances in today's medical care. The problems occurring in our health care system is very scary. Makes one truly think how we are all affected and what we need to do to effect change. Money does talk and businesses have no intention in losing out. Financial greed has grown out of proportion. People are depending on the system to give good care but what is actually done for profit vs what is for the better good should be questioned. Will a test answer change the course of treatment or is mainly something to make a profit. Drug companies, insurances, specialists, and hospitals are all giants in healthcare making huge profits. Makes me wonder where our priorities are. I know that I will be questioning my physician more and have my advance directives in order.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth Sanders

    I'm not a health care professional (anymore), but I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Jim manages to weave together a compelling story with valuable information that helps a layperson to understand the complexities about the modern health care system. In short: follow the money. The characters are real and multifaceted; I really, really hated Bruce. I've known doctors (and regular people) just like him. Any time a character inspires emotion to that extent, the author has done a great job of defining I'm not a health care professional (anymore), but I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Jim manages to weave together a compelling story with valuable information that helps a layperson to understand the complexities about the modern health care system. In short: follow the money. The characters are real and multifaceted; I really, really hated Bruce. I've known doctors (and regular people) just like him. Any time a character inspires emotion to that extent, the author has done a great job of defining them. I know Jim personally, and know this book to be a labor of love, and it shows. It's a tremendous read and you won't be bored. Disclaimer: I built the website for this book, which doesn't really affect this review. If I didn't like it, I'd just say nothing :-)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debra Jones

    Working in the healthcare field for 30 years and also being a recipient of such care, I have witnessed the effects of greed and the love of money and how those have changed with the growth and advanced society of today. I’ve observed and cared for many Sibyl Bellamys as their medical issues were used as sponges to drain funds and pad pockets of uncaring professionals whose consciences have been seared by wealth and what it can buy. The author, Jim Bailey, truly captured and exposed this greed an Working in the healthcare field for 30 years and also being a recipient of such care, I have witnessed the effects of greed and the love of money and how those have changed with the growth and advanced society of today. I’ve observed and cared for many Sibyl Bellamys as their medical issues were used as sponges to drain funds and pad pockets of uncaring professionals whose consciences have been seared by wealth and what it can buy. The author, Jim Bailey, truly captured and exposed this greed and confirmed my opinions and beliefs of this tragedy. The book captured my attention and stirred my emotions from the very start. I could not put it down. Wonderful read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judyspadoni

    Working in health care all my life, found a lot of truth in this book, which is very eye opening. it is a fiction book with a lot of non fiction. I saw things from a whole different perspective. Would give it a 4 1/2 if I could.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ernie

    Everybody better read this!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Ackley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wbaucom

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Woemmel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alayna Jean

  27. 5 out of 5

    NancyKay Wessman

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 5 out of 5

    john p greer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol

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