In 2007, the book, Navigating The Medical Maze, by cardiologist, Dr. Steven L. Brown, was published. Popular at the time, it has faded in the public consciousness, a fate suffered by many fine books.
Navigating The Medical Maze must be revitalized and everyone of us in this community need to purchase and read it. Why? Let me ask a couple of questions to get the answer:
Navigating The Medical Maze first gives a graphic medical history lesson. What were the differences between medical practice five hundred years ago and five thousand years ago? None. In fifty centuries, no meaningful progress was made. Why? Because physicians relied on the reasoned opinion of others.
Today, the modern view is that scientific truth is determined by careful, precise observation in the context of experimentation and testing to affirm or refute the validity of a treatment or drug. Precise observations form a foundation on which additional observations are made. The fundamental principle is that reason is inferior to observation…if your reason says one thing and the experiment says something else, the experiment is right and you are wrong.
The author points out that medical training follows the path of critical thinking and the scientific method. Dr. Brown gives the reader a feeling insight to the boot camp training of the physician. To become a medical doctor, it takes seven to fourteen years of basic training after acquiring an initial four-year college bachelor degree.
He is brutally honest in his assessment of the type of individuals this intense teaching and training produces:
Throughout the book, you will find categories, though not formally designated, of dangerous thinking, medical bleeps, and wisdom gems. The following is a small example:
There is far more to read and learn in Navigating The Medical Maze by Midland’s own Dr. Steven L. Brown. If you’re ever going to need a doctor, or if you have a health problem— and we all either have or will–this is a must-read from an author who leaves no stone unturned and tells the good with the bad. Dr. Brown has both a medical degree and a PhD from Columbia University. His doctorate is in molecular biology, and he has published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Immunology, and others. He can be contacted at www.drstevenbrown.org where his book can be purchased and further health articles accessed. Navigating the Medical Maze is also available on Amazon.com. If you have treatment, medical, or health questions, for starters, he recommends:
Finally, I took a moment to interview Dina McCormick, RN, whom Dr. Brown calls his right hand. I asked her how long she had been his nurse. She laughed and said, “Sixteen years. We decided it was going to work, after all.” I asked her what it was like working with him. The following were the key words: “high expectations,” “conscious of time,” “effective communication,” “timeliness,” “excellent listener,” “speaks peer to peer, not intimidating.” You don’t have to talk to Dina very long to know she has the same qualities.