book review: Diagnosis Critical- The Urgent Threats Confronting Catholic Health Care

I think the title of this book is pretty self explanatory for its content.  It also  states on the back cover: “…an experienced professional delves into bioethical issues to assist everyone in navigating this minefield of moral questions pertaining to the mission of Catholic health care.”

It’s a very detailed book (at least 100 of the pages are devoted to footnotes) which does a good job of exhaustively inspecting the issues involved.  I thought it was a little too technical for what I was expecting, it almost read like a textbook.  That being said, I think it was thorough and readable.  I particularly liked the section where the author compared 2 Catholic health care groups, and how they have dealt with modernization and outside pressure.

I think the message of the book can be summed up by this quote: “It is possible for Catholic hospitals to be both successful businesses and maintain their Catholic identity.”  Evidence in the book shows that not all of them are doing this, but that it is possible.

*Note: This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Diagnosis Critical.  The book was made available free in exchange for an honest review.


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