Ask An Oncologist:  Honest Answers to Your Cancer Questions

Written by a cancer specialist or cancer patients and those that love them, this book contains uniquest information that is not generally available to patients. It provides a wealth of practical advice—and hope. But it’s not a typical “feel-good” book about beating cancer. It tells it like it is—honestly, and with no holds barred. It addresses topics most patients would like to ask their doctor but rarely feel comfortable with, such as the cost of medical care, cancer pain and pain medication, suicide, and death. Dr. Westbrook reveals “trade secrets” that doctors would rather you didn’t know. Some examples: How an oncology practice makes money by treating people, not by curing them. When to change doctors—and how to do it. Strategies to save money on health care,  whether you have private insurance or Medicate. How to initiate a malpractice suit.In this book, Dr. Westbrook takes an unconventional look at the health care industry, from Medicare to hospital corporations to medical malpractice. We see why medical care is so expensive and how to minimize some of your own costs when you are a patient. And we recognize how the delivery of health care is driven to a large part by these economic forces, as well as by medical traditions that dictate who does what and where it is done.

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To Your Health! The Beer Doctor on Good Beer, Good Times, and the Finer Things in Life. July, 2015.

In this book, Dr. Westbrook, known as "The Beer Doctor" writes about the experience of life, as reflected in beer. This book is a compilation of three years of her writings for The Beer Clinic, her regular column The book is part autobiographical, part medical, part travelogue, part cookbook, with the occasional craft beer review....but mostly it is an amusing and entertaining journey through the world of craft beer. Some of the diverse topics include the basics of craft beer, intoxication and how to avoid it, teaching medical students about beer, pairing beer with opera, tasting Scotch in Scotland, and the beers of Northeast Pennsylvania. The book can be enjoyed by everyone from the non-drinker to the experienced craft beer aficionado.

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