Review: THE END OF HEALING by Jim Bailey

51GEqfs8DXL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The End of Healing by Jim Bailey

The Healthy City Literary Fiction

The End of Healing is a disturbing look at a healthcare system that is still deified in the U. S. The matrix of insurance companies, political agendas, technical advances, research, hospital and clinic administration, and caregivers has become mammoth, complex system covered in the barnacles of greed according to Bailey.

More creative non-fiction than fiction, the book’s narrative is at times tedious, brimming with facts and figures, quotes, and references. This is not a book to be scanned or read lightly. It is a book to be studied. Bailey certainly gets his point across, and this should be required reading for everyone running for national office, all elected officials, all medical and surgical interns, all nursing and physician assistant students, and all MBA aspirants.

Bailey brings emotion to the pages of the book, revealing the psychological and physical trauma suffered by patients, families, and certainly Dr. Newman, his protagonist. His secondary characters work, and Bailey uses their dialogue to move the book forward and strengthen his points. For those who have worked or do work in the healthcare system of America or those who have experienced it at its best and suffered it at its worst, this novel has a persuasive ring of truth.

Review provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews for the Sept 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.

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