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  At each monthly meeting we will pass around a basket of books and DVDs that members may borrow for the following month. There will be a place to sign that you have borrowed the book. The books can also be requested by email with a shipping charge donation. The books can be purchased at cost.

Please send an email to about books and DVD’s you may be willing to lend to the library.


1. “The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim its Moral Legacy?” – John Geyman, MD, 2008
The medical profession and healthcare in the United States are in trouble. Healthcare is unaffordable for a growing part of the population, 46 million Americans are uninsured, tens of millions are underinsured, quality of care is unpredictable, and these problems are getting worse, not better. All incremental attempts at reform have been ineffective, and the nation is confronting a crisis in healthcare costs, access, quality, and equity.
John Geyman, MD, a renowned expert in primary care and health policy, traces over the last forty years the sea change in US healthcare, which has engulfed the profession in a marketplace now controlled by corporate and business interests. The profession's long history of service-based ethics and its social contract have been called into question as the business "ethic" of bottom-line profits has spread throughout the system. The deregulated healthcare marketplace, now one-sixth of the nation's economy, has had damaging impacts on health of the public as well as the profession itself.
In Part I of the book, Geyman shows how medicine arose as a moral enterprise. Part II details the invasion of the business ethic, and in Part III, Geyman dissects the conflicts of interest medicine has with business, showing how patients get sold short. In the final section, Geyman shows that major reform is inevitable, and provides a roadmap for how professionals and laypeople together must renew medicine's social contract and reclaim its moral legacy.
John Geyman, MD, the author of Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance, is a family physician. He is most recently the author of Shredding the Social Contract: The Privatization of Medicare. He is Past President of PNHP and a Board Member of PNHPWW. John lives in Friday Harbor, Washington.

2. “Health Care in America: Can Our Ailing System be Healed?” – John Geyman, MD, 2002

3. "Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying and How We Must Replace It" - "The raging debate over how to pay for health insurance has missed a profoundly important fact: As big as it is, as tight of a grip it has on American life, the health insurance industry is dying," states John Geyman, M.D. in Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying and How We Must Replace It.

Written for lay readers, health care professionals and policymakers alike, Do Not Resuscitate moves beyond books that decry our current problems to reveal what the trend for more than half a century of increasing costs and decreasing coverage really means. The situation for doctors, patients, caregivers and even the insured will move from dysfunctional to a complete breakdown over the next decade. In one of many examples Geyman cites, as employers cut costs in a global economy, the cost of health insurance as a proportion of wages is rising to the point where it will consume all average household income by 2025.

Building on his previous critiques of the medical profession and of the privatization of Medicare, Dr. Geyman dissects the collusion of forces from greed to cut-throat competition. Geyman shows that, combined with incremental reforms that hold the financing system in place, the health insurance industry is a ticking time bomb.

But under the worsening situation lies an opportunity, Geyman argues, to move beyond private health insurance to a single payer system that insures everyone. Do Not Resuscitate provides a roadmap for creating opportunity in the crisis.

4. “A Second Opinion: Rescuing America’s Health Care” – Arnold Relman, MD, 2007
A world-renowned physician traces the rise of the medical-industrial complex that has made a disaster of our healthcare system--and tells us incisively what we need to do to change it.
The U.S. healthcare system is failing. It is run like a business, increasingly focused on generating income for insurers and providers rather than providing care for patients. It is supported by investors and private markets seeking to grow revenue and resist regulation, thus contributing to higher costs and lessened public accountability. Meanwhile, forty-six million Americans are without insurance. Health care expenditures are rising at a rate of 7 percent a year, three times the rate of inflation.
Dr. Arnold Relman is one of the most respected physicians and healthcare advocates in our country. This book, based on sixty years' experience in medicine, is a clarion call not just to politicans and patients but to the medical profession to evolve a new structure for healthcare, based on voluntary private contracts between individuals and not-for-profit, multi-specialty groups of physicians. Physicians would be paid mainly by salaries and would submit no bills for their services. All health care facilities would be not-for-profit. The savings from reduced administrative overhead and the elimination of billing fraud would be enormous. Healthcare may be our greatest national problem, but the provocative, sensible arguments in this book will provide a catalyst for change.

5. “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World,“ Tracy Kidder, 2003
Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, AmongSchoolchildren, and HomeTown. He has been described by the BaltimoreSun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, world-class Robin Hood, Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer—brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti—blasts through convention to get results.

Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity" - a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”: as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

“Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of a gathering revelation,” says Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Harr says, “[Farmer] wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it.”

6. “The Corporate Transformation of Health Care: Can the Public Interest Still Be Saved?” – John Geyman, MD, 2004
Explores how the corporate tansformation of hospitals, HMOs, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries has resulted in reducation in services, dangerous cost cutting, poor regulation, and corrupt research.

7. “Shredding the Social Contract: The Privatization of Medicare” – John Geyman, MD, 2006
"John Geyman has written a trenchant and timely contribution to the important debate on the future of Medicare--a debate that should engage families as well as policymakers."-Christine K. Cassel, MD, president of the American Board of Internal Medicine
Everyone knows that the Medicare program is in trouble. The problem is how to fix it. Many politicians advocate further privatization of the program as a solution. John Geyman concludes that this is the wrong solution. He comprehensively and persuasively reviews the evidence, including both published research and the experiences of many of Medicare's beneficiaries, to support this conclusion. We rather need, Doctor Geyman argues, a renewed commitment to the original vision of social insurance on which the program was based. This readable and practical account should be read by anyone who is concerned about the Medicare program and its future, which should be all of us.-Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor, Washington and Lee University Law School
The largest safety net for retired Americans is about to be "privatized," which, Dr. John Geyman reveals, will be its destruction, unless we act now.

8. “Health Care Meltdown” – Robert LeBow, MD, revised by Rocky White, MD, 2007
"In the 5 years since the original publication of Health Care Meltdown, health care in this country has descended further into chaos and inequality. In this revised edition, Dr. Rocky White has updated relevant statistics and added new material, all of which support Dr. Bob LeBow's original conclusion that a national single payer system offers the only reasonable way to restore fairness and sanity to healthcare in America.

"LeBow makes a strong case for an economically sound, comprehensive national health program that includes all of out citizens. His clarion call for change is a necessary acquisition for all libraries." - Irwin Weintraub, Library Journal

9."Don't Think of an Elephant: : Know your Values and Frame the Debate” - George Lakoff


1. “Salud” A film by Connie Field on Cuba’s commitment to healthcare in Cuba and the underserved populations in other countries, including the USA, 2006

2. “Health, Money, and Fear” Draft film by Paul Hochfeld, MD, 2008

3. “SiCKO”  by Michael Moore, 2007



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