Investigative reporting team Donald Barlett and James Steele discuss Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business and Bad Medicine at the 2007 Chautauqua Institution Summer Program.
Is aging well by choice or by chance? Advances in medical science provide for longer life expectancies in many Western countries. As we age, what are our expectations for quality of life, freedom from pain, and ability to coherently contribute to our families and the greater society? Will emerging research in neuroscience - marking the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Alzheimer's Disease - guide us to better aging? Can the growing industry of pharmacology counter individual genetic tendencies, and at what expense and length? We will explore how the "boomers" heading into retirement affect families, communities, the workplace, economics, and medical ethics- Chautauqua Institution
Donald Barlett is an American investigative journalist. With collaborator James B. Steele, he has won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards and five George Polk Awards.
James B. Steele is an American investigative journalist. With collaborator Donald Barlett, he has won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards and five George Polk Awards.