The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care and Avoiding the Worst

Patrick Malone

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Medical mistakes claim more lives each year than breast cancer, AIDS, and motor-vehicle crashes combined; an estimated 40,000 incidents of medical harm happen every day. Millions more Americans suffer from indifferent, outdated health care. The good news is that you can prevent this from happening to you or a family member. Better yet, you can find the very best care in the world.

In this book, attorney Patrick Malone, co-author of Rules of the Road, offers sensible advice and real-life anecdotes that will inspire you to take charge of your own health care, make the best choices, and avoid serious harm. With the "Necessary Nine"—the essential steps to finding the best medical care—The Life You Save offers vital information such as:

  • The single most important question you can ask your doctor
  • Why a top primary care doctor is your best ally, and where to find one
  • How to sort fact from hype in medical news
  • When to know you have symptoms your doctor should not shrug off
  • Checklists to help you get out of the hospital in one piece
  • Where to locate the best surgeons and safest hospitals

With an extensive Resources section and a chapter on what do to if medical error has occurred, The Life You Save is the guide to getting the health care you need and deserve. This book is a must have not only for you and your family, but for every client that steps in your office.

Paperback: 304 pages; 1st edition (2009); ISBN: 978-0738213040
Publisher: Perseus Books
  1. This Book Could Save Your Life
  2. Right Now: Get Your Records and Read Them
  3. Talking to Your Doctor: Put It in Writing
  4. When the Diagnosis Is in Doubt
  5. Your Best Ally: A Top Primary-Care Doctor
  6. Steering Clear of Dangerous Doctors
  7. Drugs: A Dose of Reality About the Prescription Drug Industry and How You Can Safely Use Medicines
  8. "Should I Be Tested?" Why Understanding the Numbers Is Crucial
  9. The Second Opinion: Always Your First Choice
  10. When You Need Surgery: Avoiding Dr. Not-So-Good and Finding Dr. Right
  11. Making a List and Checking It Twice: The Key to Safe Surgery
  12. Your Personal Advocate, in the Hospital and Out
  13. The Scandal of Infections in Hospitals and Other Health-Care Facilities, and What You Can Do
  14. Looking for the Best Hospital: A Frustrating Journey with Some Hope
  15. Living with Chronic Disease: Advice from Survivors
  16. Auditing Your Care so You Live Longer
  17. Celebrating the Heroes and Champions of Patient Safety and Quality Care
  18. Epilogue: Dealing With Medical Injury
  19. Acknowledgments
  20. Resources and Further Reading
  21. Appendix A: Twenty-eight Things That Should Never Happen in a Health-Care Facility
  22. Appendix B: High-Risk Situations in Biopsy Diagnosis of Cancer
  23. Appendix C: Fifteen Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk of a Hospital Infection
  24. Notes
  25. Index