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THIS BOOK WILL DO YOU MORE HARM THAN GOOD
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
When I find a book about medical matters which looks appealing, I do two things: First, I research the author. Second, I peruse the book to see if it is accessible to ordinary people. It gives me no pleasure to report to you the results of my research of this author:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “Daniel Gregory Amen is an American celebrity doctor who practices as a psychiatrist and brain disorder specialist… Amen has built a profitable business around the use of SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging for purported diagnostic purposes. His marketing of SPECT scans and much of what he says about the brain and health in his books, media appearances, and marketing of his clinics has been condemned by scientists and doctors as lacking scientific validity and as being unethical, especially since the way SPECT is used in his clinics exposes people to harmful radiation with no clear benefit.” (Wikipedia) At one point, the author actually addresses these issues for several pages, of course casting himself as bringing revolutionary new techniques to the table that others are not yet ready to accept.
In terms of accessibility, the book is readable but surprisingly boring. There are interesting pockets, like when he delves into history. There are many many images of scans. There are occasional vignettes about someone he’s treated. But mostly the book just reads like one endless advertisement for his services.
Well written, but so what?