MY NEW BOOK

RUNAWAY MEDICINE: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW MAY KILL YOU

Fortune  October 1, 2020

As a patient, what do you wish you could know before going under the knife or starting a new cancer treatment? This book will have you asking more questions and getting the answers you deserve.

With 25 years of experience as an ER. physician, Carolyn Barber looks at the myriad of medical and surgical treatments that don’t help patients much – but do make big money for hospitals, medical device manufacturers and Big Pharma.

Barber’s experience, though, goes deeper. A 30-year cancer survivor herself, she knows firsthand what happens when patients are poorly advised. Overaggressive, unnecessary treatment can lead to patient harm, re-operations, longer hospital stays, more tests and higher costs. And behind much of it is a campaign of sometimes scandalous marketing and sales tactics meant to benefit everyone involved except the patient.

Well-written and insightful, Runaway Medicine is Barber at her best. Tackling a controversial subject in the power corridors of medicine, sharing her personal story and suggesting much-needed fixes to a broken system, she’s right on time.