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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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7 quick takes

Yay!  It’s Friday again, time to update the ol’ blog.  Again, this comes to you courtesy of Jennifer at Conversion Diary.  I feel like mine are a little boring this week, so sorry folks! I will try to get a more exciting life going soon.

1 – Yay! It’s Friday!  I have a mystery date with my hubby tonight.  We are going to dinner then….?  I have not been told where Phase II is- exciting!

2 – Went to a workshop/class designed for new military spouses today, which was very informative and I met a lot of great spouses.  Really thankful that I could attend, and for all the volunteers who made it happen.

3 – Our place is *almost* completely organized, huzzah!

4 -I have been struggling with my TV addiction this week….sigh…it’s so hard for me to resist when I am at home with no job.

5 -Hooray for rain- we are having a drought right now in much of the East Coast, and where I live, there has been a good soaking rain/thunderstorm every night this week.

6 -Next week I will be able to get together with some of my friends and family who I haven’t seen since I got married.  I am really looking forward to it and thankful for the opportunity.

7 – I just found out – through Facebook, no less – that John Hughes died!  Yes, that John Hughes – Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, does-Barry-Manilow-know-you’ve-raided-his-wardrobe, THAT John Hughes.  (side note to readers: I am a rather huge Barry Manilow fan, and why yes, that is a bit unusual for a thirtysomething science teacher, and you wanna make something of it?)

So, here’s a bit of my favorite of his, The Breakfast Club (my 2nd favorite is Pretty in Pink)…this one always makes me smile!

good point…

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