Confessions of a Medical Heretic

The idea behind this book can be ascertained from its title. The word “confession” means to admit. What the late Dr. Robert Mendelsohn does is to admit truths about what he calls the “Church of Modern Medicine.” A “heretic” is a person who professes to heresy. A heresy is any opinion opposed to established doctrines.

Thus, Mendelsohn in his book tells us truths and his opinions (based on his excellent qualifications) regarding orthodox medicine. His opinions are angry ones. (I’d be angry too if I spent my entire life in orthodox medicine only to discover that it is not what it claims to be.) Like anyone who is angry, the author occasionally goes off on tangents but overall he sticks to the main premise of the book.

What is the premise of this book? Mendelsohn tells us this immediately in the book’s opening section called the “Non Credo.” He states, “I do not believe in modern medicine. I am a medical heretic. My aim of this book is to persuade you to become a heretic, too.” (Notice, that contrary to popular belief, the premise of this book is not to tell you to stop seeing your doctor.)

Each chapter (there are nine) of this book has many truths. These truths are not out-of-date and will probably remain relevant into the far future. Here are just three examples:

1) “Every drug stresses and hurts your body in some way.”
2) “A healthy society is characterized by strong, positive family relationships and subsequent minimal need of doctors.”
3) “Doctors are not trained to attack the core of any problem, merely to suppress symptoms.”

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