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Reading List for Patients and Advocates

This page includes information on books and publications that support and further efforts to improve the quality of healthcare and to protect the rights of injured patients.

The Truth About Big Medicine: Righting the Wrongs for Better Health Care - Publication Date: Dec 5, 2014
by Cheryl L. Brown and John T. James

The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands – Publication Date: January 6, 2015 by Eric Topol M.D.

America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
- Publication Date: January 5, 2015 by Steven Brill

June 2014 | Perspective | Patient Advocacy in Patient Safety: Have Things Changed? by Helen Haskell Published by AHRQ ( Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) at

Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare [Paperback] - Publication Date: August 31, 2013
Peter C. Gotzsche (Author), Richard Smith (Foreword), Drummond Rennie (Foreword)

Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It [Hardcover] - Publication Date: April 16, 2013
by Rosemary Gibson (Author), Janardan Prasad Singh (Author) 

Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care [Hardcover] - Publication Date: September 18, 2012
by Martin Makary MD

Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy [Paperback] - Publication Date: March 31, 2012
by Peter C Gøtzsche, Forewords by Iona Heath and Fran Visco 

The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama's Reform Means for America's Future [Hardcover] - Publication Date: April 16, 2012
by Rosemary Gibson, Janardan Prasad Singh 

My Father: An American Story of Courage, Shattered Dreams, and Enduring Love [Paperback] - Publication Date: February 14, 2012
by Michael Bennett

The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care is Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do to Prevent It - Publication Date: November 16, 2011
by Rosemary Gibson

Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans - Publication Date: May 2003
by Rosemary Gibson, Janardan Prasad Singh

Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer - Publication Date: September 2, 2008
by Shannon Brownlee

The Patient's Checklist: 10 Simple Hospital Checklists to Keep you Safe, Sane & Organized - Publication Date: January 3, 2012
by Elizabeth Bailey 

Danger Zone - Unlock the Secrets of Nursing Home Medical Records and Protect Your Loved One [Paperback] - Publication date: August 28, 2003
by Dennis R. Steele

It Shouldn't Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care [Paperback] - Publication Date: May 16, 2005
by Robert L. Kane M.D., Joan C. West

Nursing Home Confidential: The Insider's Guide To Navigating The Nursing Home Industry [Paperback] - Publication Date: January 4, 2010
by Sharon Murphy


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You've Suffered Medical Harm - Now What Do You Do?

According to a recent article published by ProPublica titled: So You’ve Become a Patient Safety Statistic – Now What? by Marshall Allen there are six things to do….

  1. Get a copy of medical records.
  2. Make sure the incident is reported internally.
  3. If the patient has died, order a forensic autopsy.
  4. Consider calling an attorney.
  5. Meet with the doctor and hospital officials.
  6. Report the incident to regulators, who can investigate.

For greater detail and more important information, please read the full article.