EU shipping is temporarily suspended

Is Medicine Still Good for Us? (The Big Idea)

Julian Sheather


A lucid analysis of the debate surrounding the escalating costs, both financial and ethical, of medicine in the modern world

See Inside


The sophistication of modern medicine is an exceptional feat in which many of us benefit from unprecedented levels of care. Yet medical progress comes at a price: resistance to antibiotics, ever-mutating superbugs and the unintended yet devastating consequences of prescribing opiates are all part of today’s medical landscape. Is the natural human experience being over ‘medicalized’ as we seek pharmaceutical remedies for every kind of suffering? Are its astronomical costs furthering global inequality? Where has modern medicine failed us and how does it need to change? This incisive and provocatively illustrated volume interrogates the economics and ethics of modern practices and the impact they have on all our lives.


'This concise, thought-provoking overview is well worth a read'
School Science Review

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 200

Publication date: 18 April 2019

ISBN: 9780500294581

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The Development of Medicine • 2. How Effective is Medicine? • 3. The Medicalization of Living and Dying • 4. Is Medicine Harmful and Unjust? • Conclusion

About the Author

Julian Sheather is a writer and ethicist. He is also a consultant and adviser in ethics and human rights to several leading national and international medical organisations.