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Do Doctors and Nurses Kill More People than Cancer?

Originally published in 2011, this controversial book was released in a Kindle version last year, with a slightly more eye-catching front cover

Originally published in 2011, this controversial book was released in a Kindle version last year, with a slightly more eye-catching front cover.

The simple premise of the book is this: modern medicine, the NHS, and in particular doctors and nurses, are failing. Actually, they are more than failing: they are killing patients.

According to author Vernon Coleman, a registered GP who has already written more than 100 books, doctors and nurses kill more people than infections, road accidents, terrorists and criminals put together, and they are certainly killing more people than cancer.

Coleman has been called ‘the living terror of the British medical establishment’. With his argument being that the NHS should be replaced by a private health system for all, it is easy to see why.

In a series of 45 essays, the book covers the bureaucracy inherent in the NHS, the money spent on it, the nursing profession, waiting lists and the regulation of healthcare professionals. Seeing some of the chapter titles such as ‘Cowgirl nurses with great expectations’ and ‘Cockroaches with computers’, you will soon get the picture.

The author’s statement that there is no need for references because readers should trust him does not sit comfortably with me and I would have preferred to see the sources for some of his assertions. It is an entertaining book with some interesting points, but treat it with caution.

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