False Hopes: Why America's Quest for Perfect Health is a Recipe for Failure

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This ground-breaking book by one of the nation's leading experts on medical ethics, Daniel Callahan, traces the root cause of America's health-care crisis not to inefficient organization or waste, but rather to society's and the medical community's relentless quest for perfection.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Apr 10, 1998
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781439136416
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English
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Medical / General
Medical / Public Health
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