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Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo : A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence - Ian Harris

Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo

A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence

Paperback Published: 1st March 2016
ISBN: 9781742234571
Number Of Pages: 224

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For many complaints and conditions, the benefits from surgery are lower, and the risks higher, than you or your surgeon think. In this book you will see how commonly performed operations can be found to be useless or even harmful when properly evaluated. That these claims come from an experienced, practising orthopaedic surgeon who performs many of these operations himself, makes the unsettling argument particularly compelling.

Of course no surgeon is recommending invasive surgery in bad faith, but Ian Harris argues that the evidence for the success for many common operations, including knee arthroscopies, back fusion or cardiac stenting, become current accepted practice without full examination of the evidence. The placebo effect may be real, but is it worth the recovery time, expense and discomfort?

About the Author

Professor Ian Harris is an orthopaedic surgeon who works at Liverpool, St George, St George Private and Sutherland Hospitals in Sydney. His academic affiliation is with UNSW, South Western Sydney Clinical School at Liverpool Hospital, in Sydney.

Essential reading for everyone contemplating surgery.


Patients will get better satisfaction is they regard themselves as the most important member of their HEALTH CARE TEAM. They should discuss with their doctors all the treatment options and ask for evidence of effectiveness compared with waiting for the body to heal itself.

Melbourne Australia


Makes you think twice about some surgeries


The author is an orthopaedic surgeon arguing that not all surgery is necessary, so it's a brave stance he's taking but definitely an informed one. The stuff on the placebo effect is fascinating, but surgery is a drastic step to take if the only benefit you're getting is a placebo. This will give you lots of good questions to ask your doctor about elective surgery.





Any medical professional prepared to reveal the truth deserves support!



Good and eye catching headline


Gives an insight to the potential of overserving in the medical field and the dollar driven motive at times, rather than patient care.




4.8 4


ISBN: 9781742234571
ISBN-10: 1742234577
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st March 2016
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.32