Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour Of - And Escape
From - Healthcareland
By Jody Berger
Published by Sourcebooks Inc
23rd September 2014
Jody Berger's life was thrown into turmoil when she was diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis on the basis of a single MRI scan. Determined not to become overwhelmed by the diagnosis, she threw herself into research and investigation into what Multiple Sclerosis is and how it is both diagnosed and treated by modern Western medicine.
The more she investigated, the more unhappy she became at the quick and almost haphazard way her diagnosis was reached in contravention of what was regarded as best practice. Her requests for second and third opinions were all biased by the unthinking acceptance of the initial diagnosis by her doctors instead of a careful re-taking of her symptom history and re-running of medical tests, the results of which should have been interpreted with an open mind.
The story is not one of unmitigated doom and gloom; eventually Jody found doctors and healthcare practitioners who would listen, think outside the box and look for ways to help her. This book has a happy ending, but only because Jody had the strength and courage to take charge of her own health and look for answers which made sense, rather than the obvious quick answers.
It is a salutary look at the dangers and pitfalls inherent in modern medicine and the need for both providers and consumers of modern healthcare to be prepared to question and challenge orthodox opinion when appropriate.