Ralph G. DePalma Chief Complaints

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PROLOGUE IDEAL HEALTH Experience is the oracle of truth where its responses are unequivocal they ought to be conclusive and sacred James Madison Federalist 18 20 Twenty first century medicine offers better outcomes than at any other time in history yet many if not most people are unhappy with health care The World Health Organization defines health as A state of complete physical mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity a statement suggesting an ideal state of complete well being that lies within society s grasp This ideal might be achieved within the context of an altruistic society inhabited by intelligent individuals possessing high moral and ethical values abundant resources access to advanced technology and effective equitable governance The concept promises a paradise on earth yet formidable challenges confound its realization this is one of several dilemmas confronting health care People living in the third world victimized by lack of education unremitting poverty and corrupt governments suffer widespread ill health due to readily correctible causes undernutrition lack of sanitation contaminated food and water and ethnic violence These unfortunate conditions relate to political cultural issues and some might say moral issues Inner city dwellers or those living in other deprived areas within the United States are also victimized while more privileged inhabitants of advanced societies sooner or later develop lethal diseases many due to unknown or obscure causes The treatment of these illnesses to which the poor are not necessarily immune requires specialized skills focusing upon individuals This is also a part of the health care dilemma Specialized approaches differ from world and public health centered views of Health Care Generalizations about health and prevention in the minds of policy makers have become conflated with treatment of advanced disease a confusion that potentia

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Dr. Ralph DePalma describes dilemmas in health care confronting doctors, patients, and health care administrators at a time when society is on the verge of initiating health care reform. He tells provocative stories about individuals and episodes of surgical care taking place during different times, in differing settings, and with differing means of financial reimbursement. He considers potential solutions for dilemmas that are barriers to achieving Ideal Health, "A state of complete physical, mental, and social well being." With each case history, the author offers penetrating insights into health and disease by focusing upon the complaints of patients, doctors and the health care establishment itself, particularly when complaints fall outside of mainstream cultural norms. This book looks back at problems and solutions for half a century to anticipate a bright future for medical care in a progressive society. Dr. DePalma, a prominent surgeon, has held leadership positions in American Surgery including Surgical Chairmanships at the School of Medicine of University of Nevada and at George Washington University in Washington DC. He has served as National Director of Surgery for the Department of Veterans Affairs where his office helped facilitate this Agency's improvements in quality of surgical care. His scientific contributions include text book and peer reviewed publications in general and vascular surgery, shock, treatment of sexual dysfunction, atherosclerosis and advanced venous disease. Cover Art Surgeons: Etching by Nancy J. Shook 1963; Author's Collection

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